Despite the state’s success in decapitating a major terrorist organization in Peru 30 years ago, many victims are still being rescued from captivity today. This includes a kidnap rescue mission by the Peruvian army, which took place just this past July.

The army of the Peruvian state rescued 39 people from a farm where some of them have been held there for 30 years after being kidnapped. Others, children now, were born within the confines of their captivity. These individuals were all victims of the terror that reigned over Peru from the Shining Path, or as it is called in Peru, Sendera Luminoso.

The Shining Path was an infamous and extremely destructive terrorist and politically radical group, responsible for the death of thousands of Peruvians over the years, as well as the disappearance of many innocent people. Despite the state’s ability to end the group’s terror in 1992, when the leader Abimael Guzman was taken down, these victims were not released until over 20 years after the dismantlement of the organization.

The victims found within the walls of these particular farms, which are labeled “production camps”, were primarily children. Many were kidnapped from rural areas and forced to work in these camps. They were to do agricultural work in the fields, as well as procreate with other captives.

Unfortunately, there are many cases in which the Shining Path still leaves its mark and affects those still living in Peru today. The government of the country is making an effort to permanently wipe out any impact the terrorist group continues to make, starting with these camps that are still in existence, hidden throughout the jungles and rural areas of the country.

Alexandrea Jacinto

Sources: Inside the World, BBC
Photo: The Independent

Eighteen years after it was established, an illegal orphanage in an area of the Lagos State in Nigeria was shut down by state government officials, who also rescued 25 children from the facility. The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and branch of the state Ministry of Justice, which carried out the rescue mission from the fictitious “Home for Orphans and Less Privileged,” said that aside from keeping the children illegally, the facility was also used for child trafficking.

OPD officers and the Director of Child Development, Alaba Fadairo, learned of the illegal operation run by Rosemary Nwachukwu and acted quickly. A statement issued by the OPD described the deteriorating conditions to which the 27 children, ranging from 3 months to 12 years in age, were exposed. The rescued children have since been taken to the Lagos State Government welfare institution for proper care and protection. The whereabouts of two children are still unknown.

In a press release the OPD stated that, upon further investigation, it was discovered that Nwashukwu held the 27 children in a single room, exploiting them to raise money by defrauding members of the public interested in adoption. The investigation also showed there were no records on kept on any child, no evidence of how Nwachukwu came to be in possession of these children, and no form of police security report.

Fadairo asked the Lagos residents to help the government in curbing such activities in the state. He also warned members of the public to remain vigilant and report similarly suspicious or criminal activity to the media or government in the future. She emphasized that the individuals that operate unapproved or illegal orphanages will be arrested and prosecuted.

In an interview, the suspect, Nwachukwu, told officials that her orphanage had been funded exclusively by donations for the past 18 years, but residents and the landlord association in the community stated they were unaware of the operation, adding that the financial support she described may have been brought to the woman under the cover of darkness.

– Scarlet Shelton
Sources: Vanguard News, allAfrica, eNews Channel Africa

$500 Million 'Rescue Mission' Initiative LaunchedWith cuts to foreign aid looming and some already in place, humanitarian organizations are going to become even more important in the fight against global poverty. Evangelical organization World Vision launched a $500 million ‘Rescue Mission’ initiative to help 10 million children living in poverty.  The ‘Rescue Mission’ initiative will focus on clean water, access to health care, and child protection.

Under the budget cuts that went into effect as of January 1, 2013, non-profits are predicting that there will be 1.1 million fewer mosquito nets distributed, 300,000 fewer people with access to clean water, and 2 million people with reduced or zero access to food aid.  This is cause for serious concern as we look at being less than 1,000 from the end date for the Millenium Development Goals (MDG).

World Vision launched the $500 million ‘rescue mission’ dubbed “For Every Child” which seeks to raise $500 million by 2015.  It is the farthest-reaching endeavor World Vision has ever taken on.  The initiative will focus on clean water, fighting communicable diseases, providing small loans to families, and protecting children from human trafficking.

When the government cuts budgets, it can be difficult for non-profit organizations to get the start-up capital they need to start new ventures. This campaign is important to continue the life-saving work World Vision is already doing around the world.  It will hopefully fill the gap from government funds and continue to promote the MDGs as we near the final stretch.  We have halved poverty in the last decade and it is very possible to continue the downward trend, but it is going to take a lot of hard work.

While the needs are great and the costs seem high, the alternative to pushing forward is not an option. As Richard Sterns, Executive Director of World Vision put it, “We’ve taken a hard look at the needs that exist today. They are great, but we refuse to believe that poverty is too big, too expensive, or too difficult to overcome-because for the millions of children living in poverty, the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

– Amanda Kloeppel

Source: Christian Post