Despite a surging economy, poverty still blights Peru's rural regions - and corruption and inefficiency are hindering efforts to alleviate it
"Our dream is to build a country where everyone has equal rights and duties; [a country] without racism and social inequality; a country where children and young people are healthy, nurtured, educated and happy, and have access to employment and a fair income; where women are not harassed or discriminated against because of their gender; where our elders live with decency and dignity; where Peruvians with disabilities feel integrated and loved."
Ollanta Humala's political manifesto sounds idyllic. In its 198 pages, the new Peruvian president says he's determined to build a representative and participatory democracy, one that promotes full respect and full enjoyment of human rights for all Peruvians.
As he is sworn into office on Thursday, after a divisive election, Humala believes many Peruvians are still living in poverty because of unemployment and insufficient income. He blames a neoliberal economic model for fracturing Peruvian society and forcing young people to seek jobs abroad.[view whole blog post ]