Peru: The Peasant Shout

The population of the great cordillera of the Andes, which stretches 4,500 miles from Colombia to the southern tip of Chile, consists of some 15 million Indians and a handful of descendants of the Spanish conquistadors. The Indians work the land; the aristocracy owns it. Hunger-pinched, and with a life expectancy of 32 years, the Indians live in what amounts to medieval serfdom. Their circumstances show why agrarian reform is a popular cry throughout Latin America. Last week TIME Correspondent Harvey Rosenhouse visited a hacienda high in the Peruvian Andes. His report:

The hacienda is called Sullupucyo, which in Quechua, the...

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