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The Quechua are the indigenous people, and have been subjected to abuse for centuries, beginning with the Spanish Conquistadors led by Francisco Pizzaro in the 1500s. In the 1980s, three quarters of the 70,000 people killed by the Marxist-Leninist rebel group the Sendero Luminoso were Quechua. Today, the Quechua in the highlands around Pitumarca subsist on potato farming, and raise llamas, sheep and alpaca. Many live off the grid, with no running water or electricity.

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