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Peruvian families receive remains of 80 exhumed victims from 1980s dirty war

  • Dionisia Huamani Quispe, left center, and Eusebia Palomino Arome, right center, witness how forensic anthropologists arrange in a coffin the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country's dirty war, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Dionisia Huamani Quispe, left center, and Eusebia Palomino Arome, right center, witness how forensic anthropologists arrange in a coffin the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country's dirty war, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

  • Angelica Cusi Diaz cries over the coffin that contains the remains of her daughter Lucia Cuadros, who was pregnant when slain three decades ago during Peru’s dirty war, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Hundreds of small farmers came from remote mountains and jungle valleys to receive the exhumed remains of their loved ones. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Angelica Cusi Diaz cries over the coffin that contains the remains of her daughter Lucia Cuadros, who was pregnant when slain three decades ago during Peru’s dirty war, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Hundreds of small farmers came from remote mountains and jungle valleys to receive the exhumed remains of their loved ones. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

  • A forensic anthropologist places the lid on the coffin containing the remains of Claudio Gomez Huamani, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, as a fellow anthropologist directs a relative of Gomez Huamani where to stand to pose for a photo with the remains. Hundreds of small farmers came from remote mountains and jungle valleys to receive the exhumed remains of their loved ones. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    A forensic anthropologist places the lid on the coffin containing the remains of Claudio Gomez Huamani, in a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, as a fellow anthropologist directs a relative of Gomez Huamani where to stand to pose for a photo with the remains. Hundreds of small farmers came from remote mountains and jungle valleys to receive the exhumed remains of their loved ones. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2.925 sets of remains. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

The small farmers came from remote mountains and jungle valleys to receive the exhumed remains of loved ones slain three decades ago during Peru's dirty war.

Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday's handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers.

Some were slain by Shining Path rebels. Others were killed by soldiers, accused of collaborating with the guerrillas.

Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru's 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006. Officials say they have recovered 2,925 sets of remains and identified 1,689.

A truth commission found that some 70,000 died in the conflict.