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Peruvian women knit a Scarf of Hope in memory of their loved ones

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Thousands of Peruvian women lost husbands, brothers and sons in the country’s bitter internal conflict between the Mao-inspired rebels of the Shining Path and state forces in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some of those women have now got together to literally knit an epitaph to their loved one. Each message is the size of an A4 sheet of paper which, when combined with the others, will form part of an enormous scarf that could be as long as a kilometre.

The Scarf of Hope is more than just a symbol of Peru’s estimated 15,000 “disappeared” but a physical reminder that in the majority of cases their relatives live on without ever knowing how they died nor where to find their remains.

“It’s like a piece of memory,” says Marina Garcia Burgos, a Lima-based photographer who was inspired to initiate the project with two colleagues while working in Ayacucho.

“Each woman chooses the colour and the knit of her panel. As well as embroidering the loved one’s name, some also sew on a piece of their clothing or a photograph.”

Read the full story on the BBC news website.

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