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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-xi

Dissecting the intricacies of oppression while searching for glimpses of alternative yet always imperfect humanizing gestures and actions demands a source of spiritual and emotional sustenance. I found this source in the creative envisioning held within performance art...

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Introduction: Waiting in the Garden of Broken Trees

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pp. 1-22

In the 1980s and 1990s, Peru experienced an internal armed conflict, and for many like the woman I sat with, Rosa Cuchillo,1 the aftermath continues to direct their lives. Instead of waiting idly for justice, Rosa Cuchillo commits her life to finding her missing daughter. She and...

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1. Parallel Tracks and Fraught Encounters

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pp. 23-52

The disappearance of family members, as told through Rosa Cuchillo’s reflections, traces back to events that occurred in May 1980. The Shining Path—Peruvian Communist Party (Sendero Luminoso) had a very strong presence in the Andean region of Ayacucho. In rejection...

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2. Gender Implementation in the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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pp. 53-80

When the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (PTRC) initiated its investigation in August 2001, a gender analysis was not included. The twelve commissioners felt pressure to address the issue of gender, which functioned largely as a placeholder for “what happened to women...

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3. National Reconciliation through Public Hearings

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pp. 81-104

The PTRC public hearings1 marks the first time that the state listened to the voices of historically marginalized Peruvians. Those most deeply affected by the conflict were invited to speak on a national stage. The hearings aimed to build a new national narrative by giving voice to...

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4. Sexual Violence beyond Consent and Coercion

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pp. 105-128

Prosecuting cases of sexual violence during internal armed conflict has become part of the international transitional justice agenda. Although the PTRC was not mandated to investigate sexual violence, it included the violation under the umbrella of torture1 and other grave violations...

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5. Finding Each Other’s Hearts

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pp. 129-152

When the PTRC finished its mandate to research the causes and consequences of the internal armed conflict, it submitted the final report with recommendations for reform and reparations to President Alejandro Toledo and passed forty-seven human rights cases...

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Conclusion: Paradox and Temporality

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pp. 153-164

Rosa Cuchillo, the woman I met in the garden of broken trees, lives in suspended time, in an interstitial space between Heaven and Hell. What the state registers as a legal case of disappearance manifests in her life as an endless search for her daughter. Over the years she has found...

Notes

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pp. 165-192

Bibliography

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pp. 193-218

Index

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pp. 219-226