Brad Wise ’14: Working in Pamplona Alta

Bradley Wise ’14 -  For a few days now, we have been helping and working at the campaign for Solaridad en Marcha. As of  today, to make it easier for other people to reach our area, we changed locations to the higher Pamplona Alta area. To get there, we had to track through the “village” of ramshackle houses, feces and mud, and countless stairs. It was quite a sight to see, and it reminded a lot of things I have only seen in movies, pictures, or video games, like the Favellas in Brazil or the film District 9. It is hard to describe the area unless you are actually there. Photographs really do not give it justice.

The people living there were very grateful for our help. Today I manned the station for checking “Los Piojos,” the Spanish word for head lice. We finished up there, and we headed to the top of the mountain to check out the rest of the village. It went on for miles, and there was no end in sight. It is hard to imagine that so many people have to live like this everyday. It was a very eye-opening experience.

After a few hours of helping out, we headed back to our hostel and enjoyed some homemade rice, chicken, and potatoes, which were very delicious. We then went to the Universidad de Ricardo Palma and listened to a few student presentations on the work people are doing for the city of Lima, the Pamplona area, and other communities in Peru. It has been a very eye opening experience thus far. Tomorrow we are heading to Huanuco, which is supposedly worse than the Pamplona Alta area we have been visiting all week. I cannot imagine how the next few days will be.

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