The Peruvian Armed Forces have provided humanitarian assistance to at least 15,000 people during fo
ur missions since January in impoverished neighborhoods in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) region.
Those were just the first of twelve operations planned for the year by the Office of the Joint Chiefs, which hopes to provide treatment to more than 60,000 people living in poverty in the VRAEM. The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA) reports that it is working to contribute to the “full development of the VRAEM communities through performance of tasks that promote inclusion in society and universal access to health care in a timely fashion.”
That effort “requires bringing everything that you can enjoy, at this very moment, from various places across the country, particularly from Lima, so that the government can establish a presence in this district,” said Major General Hernán Flores Ayala, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the May 20 opening ceremony for a recent operation at the Plaza de Armas in Surcubamba.