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Virginia Pinares

Viginia Pinares is a woman with a mission. ‘I’m bringing a message from the forgotten rural women, from the most remote regions where the government has no presence. We must enter power and they have to see that we are coming!’

She does not mince her words, in a country where political and corporate corruption conspire against people like her. ‘There are many things happening in Peru that should not happen! Money rules over justice! But they are going to pay, morally, psychologically,’ she warns.

A Quechua-speaking farmer who represents communities affected by mining in Cotabambas in the Andean department of Apurimac, Virginia was speaking to me during a visit to

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