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Peru's Rebel War Claimed 69,000 Lives

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Peru's Rebel War Claimed 69,000 Lives

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Peru's Rebel War Claimed 69,000 Lives

Peru's Rebel War Claimed 69,000 Lives

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Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports that 69,000 Peruvians were killed during the nation's 20-year-long political war — more than double the number previously estimated. The majority of those killed were indigenous peasants, and most of the atrocities were committed by the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, the report says. Hear Mirko Lauer, a political columnist for Peruvian newspaper La Republica.