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26 Children & 13 Women Abducted by Shining Path Rebels Rescued in Peru

LIMA - Peruvian police and armed forces rescued 39 people - 26 children and 13 women - who were abducted by 'Sendero Luminoso' or Shining Path rebels, said Peruvian Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Vega.

He told Canal N channel Monday, the rescued women and children were found captive in a camp in the San Martin de Pangoa municipality in the jungle area of Valle de los Rios Apurimac, Ene y Mantaro, or VRAEM.

Vega said the children are aged between 1 and 14 years.

Among the captives were also people abducted 25 years ago from a nunnery in Puerto Ocopa locality.

"Much of these children were born there as a consequence of rapes of these women by the rebels," said Vega.

He also explained how the women were being used to produce children and work in the 'production camps' dedicated to the cultivation of food and livestock rearing for subsistence.

Children born in these camps are indoctrinated to the Maoist ideology of the terrorist organization and eventually enrolled into the ranks to participate in subversive activities.

Vega added the rescued people from the alleged terrorist camp will be moved to Mazamari locality in Junin region while they try to identify relatives of the victims outside the VRAEM region.

Minors without legal guardians for the moment will be kept in the custody of Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Population, or MIMP.

MIMP Minister Marcela Huaita told Canal N some of the women rescued are sexagenarians "who have been held captive for 25 or 30 years and subjected to constant violence, with repeated situations of sexual violence."

The last vestiges of Shining Path continue to operate in the VRAEM, a vast rugged mountainous jungle region the government has kept under a state of emergency and which is also the largest area of illegal coca crops in the country.
 

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