When Will “We” Be Allowed to Live Well?

Pregnancy Limitations

Women of Peru were being unknowingly surgically sterilized between 1990 and 2000. Some women were given the operation  against their will immediately after giving birth. Indigenous Quechua women were especially targeted, being asked to sign for the procedure, not knowing what was going to happen because the documents were written in Spanish, a foreign language. The article stated that “around 300,000 people … have been sterilized” in just 14 years. Victoria Vigo is the only woman in Peru who has been compensated for the national policy action. Even more shocking, according to the director of the Quipu project, a free phone line to voice testimonies, there was a quota of sterilizations that doctors were expected to meet!

Chambers, Jane.  (2017, March 28).  ‘I was sterilised against my will’  BBC  Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39205566

Jane Chambers is a communications expert and producer with 20 years experience at BBC, a highly respected news source who values educating the general and educated public on worldwide issues. Chambers is familiar with Latin America, having written several articles concerning Perú, and having familial affiliation in Chile, making her slightly impartial to scrutinizing the Peruvian government.

Her article on sterilization is very recent and fact based – using numbers, testimonies, and government policies – providing a relevance for my research to find current health issues regarding the Quechua people. Since the article focuses on the story of one woman, it is opinionated, however, the information is well researched. Other sources say the same things about women’s experience with the procedure, validating her evidence. Using emotion and having a clear bias towards this story is not a big problem, as the issue demands a higher sense of emotion than other stories. Chambers specifies that the Quechua people are especially targeted, though she is not member of the indigenous group.

Mining Operations

One idea. Several projects. A lot of health violations. Mining operations  produce pollution and dump waste in marginalized groups, bringing poverty, malnutrition, and disease, especially to the Quechua people. Coal, oil, and gold mining has brought high levels of metals into the drinking water for groups in the Andes. The Quechua have no way to fight against the oil companies since they are not seen as important to Peruvian government, and the government cannot do anything because of the economic benefit from the large companies.

(2016, May 1).  Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned  The Guardian.  Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2016/may/01/gold-mining-in-peru-forests-razed-millions-lost-virgins-auctioned

George, Christine Marie.  (2014, June 5).  Arsenic exposure in drinking water: an unrecognized health threat in Peru  World Health Organization.  Retrieved from http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/8/13-128496/en/

The article which I used from The Guardian did not provide an author. The WHO information had several authors, and C. George, a researcher, was the main contributor. Both of these sources seem to use broad information that is found on several websites I have looked at, neither a specialized area. WHO is a respectable source, not full of bias. They serve to provide well-researched facts for students and researchers. I believe The Guardian to be less respectable than WHO, opinionated and biased, but still reliable for quick information for the general public. Both articles were published recent enough to be relevant and neither uses significant emotion. Both sources refer to the broad area of Perú and the Andes, indirectly referring to the Quechua, none of the authors implying membership of the tribe.


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