To prevent women living in rural Peru from giving birth at home, where they face a higher risk of death, Peru has established a network of maternal “waiting houses.” These residential facilities host women during their final weeks of pregnancy so they can give birth in the presence of skilled attendants. Ana María Bolege, 21, has come to a waiting house in the Andean town of Ayacucho, eight hours by road from Peru’s capital, Lima. This story is part of the series “The Ninth Month” by PRI’s The World.
Once a year, dozens of Peruvian mountain towns capture condors and tie them to the backs of bulls for a bullfight in an event known as Yawar Fiesta. The centuries-old practice, linked to the Andean culture, in some cases kills or maims the giant birds, which are endangered in Peru. Now, Peruvian legislators are trying to reduce the impact on the condor without infringing on tradition.
In the backyard of one of South America’s busiest airports about 350 families lived in an impoverished neighborhood known as El Ayllu. At the beginning of March the land near Lima, Peru, was taken by eminent domain for the expansion of Jorge Chavez International Airport. These portraits document the residents during their final days in the neighborhood.
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