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# peru - Monday 5 December, 2011

From State of Emergency declared in Peru after mining protests Peru

State of Emergency declared in Peru after mining protests

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared in four provinces of Cajamarca state, following violent protests against a gold-and-copper mining project which is part-owned by a US company.

# peru - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

From Take 5: Wednesday Take 5

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From Peru: Police rescue almost 300 women forced into sexual slavery Human Trafficking This post contains videos

Peru: Police rescue almost 300 women forced into sexual slavery

The Peruvian authorities have rescued almost 300 women they believe are the victims of human trafficking – the youngest girl discovered by police is just 13 years old.

# peru - Friday 30 September, 2011

From Clontarf Energy secures exploration licences in Peru Oil

Clontarf Energy secures exploration licences in Peru

Clontarf Energy has confirmed that it won two licences for hydrocarbon exploration onshore Peru.

# peru - Thursday 1 September, 2011

YouTube top 10: because Franck doesn't want to go to Eastlands Manchester City This post contains videos

YouTube top 10: because Franck doesn't want to go to Eastlands

With a shot-putter running the 100m, French cyclist Thomas Voeckler racing a horse and the San Diego Chargers launching a wine, this week’s list is a tribute to sporting incongruity.

# peru - Saturday 13 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures

# peru - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Ireland down two places in FIFA world rankings

The side’s lack of action this month has counted against them.

# peru - Sunday 17 July, 2011

Copa América: Uruguay, Peru stun favourites

Argentina and Colombia are beaten at the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

# peru - Saturday 16 July, 2011

Juego Bonito: Previewing the Copa America quarter-finals…

Will Messi show up the Uruguayans? Can Sanchez keep feeding his growing reputation? Will Brazil’s defence fail them? It’s quarter-finals time.

# peru - Saturday 9 July, 2011

Juego Bonito: Sanchez the star as Chile seek to secure quarter-final spot Justifying The Hype This post contains videos

Juego Bonito: Sanchez the star as Chile seek to secure quarter-final spot

Alexis Sanchez added to his reputation with the equalising goal for Chile in their Copa America clash against Uruguay on Friday night.

# peru - Friday 3 June, 2011

From The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures…

# peru - Friday 25 February, 2011

From New tombs found in Peruvian Andes Peru

New tombs found in Peruvian Andes

Find described as the most important discovery Peru has had in recent years.

# peru - Friday 13 August, 2010

OVER 500 PEOPLE have been attacked by a colony of rabid vampire bats in Peru’s Amazon. At least  four children died as a result of contracting rabies in the attacks.

Medial supplies have been sent to the village of Urakusa, in the north-east of Peru, to the Aguajun tribe. Peru’s government has dispatched emergency teams to battle the rabies outbreak.

Vampire bats feed on the blood of mammals while they sleep, but generally feed on livestock and wildlife. Experts have suggested that deforestation of the bats’ natural habitat has forced them to turn to humans for food.

Last year, National Geographic reported that the bats were increasingly biting people and have caused rabies outbreaks in Peru before.

This extract from a National Geographic documentary shows the bats feeding on a sleeping pig (not for the faint-hearted):

Rabies, according to the World Health Organisation, kills more than 55,000 people each year. The first symptoms of infection include fever, fatigue and headaches. The illness then spreads to the respiratory system and the nervous system. Death occurs within seven days without medical treatment.

# peru - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

A FORMER British army captain has become the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon river – a feat previously believed to be impossible.

Ed Stafford, a 34-year-old from Leicestershire, England, walked for 859 days through the Amazon jungle, tracking the length of the world’s second-longest river.

Stafford‘s feat has been called “truly extraordinary” by the famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who added that the achievement “puts Stafford’s endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present”.

Rather than deterring him from the monumental challenge, Stafford says it was the fact that people told him it was impossible to walk the length of the river that encouraged him to try.

“A lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the Amazon that spurred me on even more,” Stafford said, according to ABC news. “As soon as they said ‘that’s impossible,’ it made me want to prove them wrong.”

Watch Stafford speaking to ITV news before the adventure began:

In April 2008, Stafford began the odyssey that would take him took two-and-a-half years at Peru’s Mount Mismi.

The original estimate for the journey was about 12 months, however extreme flooding forced Stafford to tack an extra 3,200km onto his route.

Stafford says that he decided to walk to the length of the river, blogging and videotaping his experiences as he went, in order to bring attention to the suffering of the indigenous people of the Amazon and the destruction of the rainforest.

He had company during the journey, too. He started out the walk with another British adventurer, Luke Collyer but following a disagreement the men parted ways and Stafford carried on alone. A few months later, he was joined by Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera, a Peruvian forestry worker who agreed to walk with him for five days to help him negotiate with the tribes of a particular area – but ended up staying with him to the end.

The two men endured extreme conditions that pushed them to limit mentally and physically. They encountered deadly reptiles, like electric eels and pit vipers, and water-borne dangers like piranhas – which, it must be noted, they made short work of.

Stafford also had a botfly burrow into his head, which his friend helped him to remove (if you think you have the stomach for it, see here).

He recalled some dangerous encounters with indigenous tribespeople, who were fearful of the mens’ motive:

Locals believed white people would come and steal their babies and kill people in order to remove body parts and sell them. There were genuine looks of absolute terror when we arrived in communities… If we had acted aggressively I have no doubt they would have killed us.

However, he said that once they had shown that they could be trusted the local people warmed to them: “The chief ended up walking with us for 47 days… we became good mates,” Stafford said.

In between dodging poisonous snakes and staving off starvation, Stafford also fielded questions from curious schoolchildren across the world. In his Question of the Week video, he addressed a question sent via mobile satellite links, in an attempt to keep people engaged with his cause.

Stafford was forced to recuperate briefly just 85km from the finish line, as he was suffering from severe exhaustion. However, he walked the final stretch on Monday, arriving at the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean Monday in Maruda, Brazil.

Proving his doubters wrong once and for all, Stafford wrote on his blog today:

Job done. 28 months and Cho and I have finished walking the Amazon. I always knew it was possible. :-)