Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Peru: DNA identifies Putis victims

Investigators in Peru say they have for the first time successfully used DNA to identify victims of the country's civil conflict in the 1980s and 1990s.

The technique identified 23 victims, who were buried in Peru's largest mass grave in 1984.

The director of the Peruvian forensic anthropology team, Jose Pablo Baraybar, said they expected to identify several more victims in the next few weeks.

This is obviously good news in the midst of the pain connected to places like Putis: some families will get definite answers about their fate of their loved one. It's also a sign of the painstaking forensic work going on in remote areas of rural Peru.

DNA identifies Peruvian victims

Information in Spanish can also be found at the blog Justicia para Putis.

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