Maria Elena Moyano
Internal conflict in Peru
People murdered in Peru
Peruvian people of Black African descent
Assassinated Peruvian people
Maria Elena Moyano Delgado was a Peruvian community organizer and activist of Afro-Peruvian descent who was assassinated by the maoist Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) insurgent movement. Although only one of many atrocities committed during the most violent period of Peru's modern history, her death resulted in a public outcry.
Moyano was born in the Barranco district of Lima. Her activism began in her teens, as a member of the Movimiento de Jovenes Pobladores, a youth movement in Villa El Salvador, a vast shantytown (pueblo joven) on the outskirts of the capital, largely populated by migrants from the interior of the country.
In 1984, at age 24, she was elected president of the Federacion Popular de Mujeres de Villa El Salvador (Fepomuves), a federation of women from Villa El Salvador. Under her leadership, it grew to encompass public kitchens, health committees, the Vaso de Leche program (which supplied children with milk), income-generating projects, and committees for basic education. In 1990, Moyano left her position in Fepomuves and shortly thereafter was elected deputy mayor of the municipality of Villa El Salvador.
"The Assassination of Maria Elena Moyano"
Review of The Autobiography of Maria Elena Moyano (2000)
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