cumbemayo

cumbemayo (analogue photo)
cumbemayo (analogue photo)

Cumbemayo. An incredibly photogenic site about an hour-drive away from the city of Cajamarca. The Cajamarca district is mapped as one of the poorest regions of Peru, and this became painfully clear during a day-trip to Cumbemayo. Many locals, mainly children (who should be in school), seat themselves at the side of the path leading along the impressive (naturally shaped) rock formations. Some of them are selling artesania or food, others let their picture be taken in return for a ‘propinita‘ (tip), and some of them are just holding up their hand asking for money and/or medication to fight their fever. Their bodies showing the signs of malnutrition (red eyes, bad skin), encountering them brought my friend from Lima to tears and I felt powerless, heartbroken, angry and ashamed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s