Peru shaman murders investigated
The Peruvian government is sending a team of officials to a remote region of the Amazon jungle to investigate the deaths of 14 shamans who were killed in a string of brutal murders.
The traditional healers, all from the Shawi ethnic group, were murdered in separate incidents over the last 20 months, allegedly at the behest of a local mayor.
Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced that it would investigate reports of the deaths of traditional Shawi healers in the northern Peruvian region of Alto Amazonas and persistently high rates of hepatitis B among Candoshi and Shapra communities in that region recently.
At a press conference on October 3, Vicente Otta, vice minister for intercultural affairs, said the two problems “have not been addressed as urgently as they deserved.”
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Peru’s government said Tuesday that 14 shamans in the country’s north-eastern jungle region of Loreto have been murdered in the past 20 months, newspaper La Republica reported.
Deputy Intercultural Minister Vicente Otta Rivera said the murders occurred in the Balsa Puerto district, near Yurimaguas in the Alto Amazonas province.
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