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Afro-Peruvians receive government apology

Nov. 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM   |   Comments

LIMA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Peruvian government has apologized to Afro-Peruvian people for abuse and discrimination committed against them since colonial times, officials said.

Between 8 and 10 percent of Peru's population is descended from the first African slaves to arrive in Peru during the Spanish conquest.

Under the resolution announced Saturday, the Women and Development Ministry said it regretted racist attacks continue against Afro-Peruvians and begged a "historical pardon" for the abuses.

It's estimated that only 27 percent of Afro-Peruvians graduate from high school and just 2 percent obtain technical training or higher education, The Latin American Herald Tribune reported Sunday.

A public ceremony of apology from the government was to be held at a yet-to-be-determined date, ministry officials said.

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