UPDATE: June 12, 2009 - The ongoing conflict between jungle Indian tribes and the Peruvian government continues to disrupt Compassion's work in Peru, especially in the Cajamarca and Amazonas regions.
The government has declared a state of emergency in Jaen and Bagua and the curfew is still in effect.
To protect the safety of Compassion-assisted children, seven child development centers remain temporarily closed until the situation is under control.
The affected child development centers will provide registered children with food supplies when necessary.
The father of one Compassion-assisted child has been thrown in jail and his mother has gone to help him. The child and his siblings are being cared for by women in the church.
Please pray for God to protect our children and their families living near the violence. Pray that God would keep them from fear and that peace would be restored to the region soon.
Compassion Peru will provide an update as information becomes available.
Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.
June 9, 2009 - Recently, an ongoing conflict between jungle Indian tribes and the Peruvian government turned violent.
The Indians are protesting an attempt by the government to pass a law allowing extraction of gas and petroleum from Indian land.
After more than 50 days of protests, the police attempted to put an end to the situation, and many Indians and policemen were killed.
The government has instituted a curfew from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the situation stabilizes.
In order to protect the safety of Compassion-assisted children, seven child development centers have temporarily closed until the situation is under control.