María Elena Moyano Delgado (1958-1992) was a Peruvian community organizer and activist of Afro-Peruvian descent who was assassinated by the maoist Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) insurgent movement. Although only one of many atrocities committed during the most violent period of Peru’s modern history, her death resulted in a public outcry.
Moyano concludes her autobiography with a poem summarizing her life. It was written in the same month in which she was assassinated, and includes this poignant, telling line: “I’ve already lived the most beautiful years of my life”…Although a short book, The Autobiography of María Elena Moyano is an excellent introduction to women’s struggles in Peru and stands as a testament to the courage of Moyano, who was only 33 years old when she died.
She was beautiful… and Fierce!
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