Friday, 20 March 2009

NY Times: Inside Peru's Cocaine War

Photo ©Moises Saman for The New York Times

In a very well produced slideshow (but non multimedia), the New York Times featured Moises Saman's photographs of the Peruvian military's war against drug producing and trafficking in Inside Peru's Cocaine War.

In a remote corners of the Andes, Peru's army is battling a resurgent rebel faction of the Shining Path, taking a page from Colombia’s rebels, which reinvented itself as an illicit drug enterprise, rebuilding on the profits of Peru’s thriving cocaine trade. The region is Peru’s largest producer of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine and, as in Bolivia, coca, a hallowed symbol of indigenous pride, is ubiquitous here. The mildly stimulating leaf chewed raw here since before the Spanish conquest, is largely legal; cocaine is not.