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Hundreds of Peru women, girls gone missing during virus lockdown

作者:admin 2020-08-08

Hundreds of women and girls have gone missing and are feared dead in Peru since a lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

From March 16 through June 30, a total of 915 people - 606 girls and 309 women - were reported missing, according to authorities.

Last week, Peru's women's ministry said 1,200 women and girls had been reported missing during the pandemic - a higher figure that included the month of July.

"The figures are really quite alarming," Isabel Ortiz, a top women's rights official, told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday.

"We know the numbers of women and girls who have disappeared, but we don't have detailed information about how many have been found," she said. "We don't have proper and up-to-date records."

The Andean nation home to 33 million people has long had a domestic violence problem, but the home confinement measures because of the pandemic has made the situation worse, said Eliana Revollar, who leads the women's rights office of the National Ombudsman's office, an independent body that monitors Peru's human rights.

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