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Lurgio Gavilán

Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)

Lurgio Gavilán Sánchez is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico).  He is the author of When Rains Became Floods (Duke University Press, 2015), a gripping autobiography of Gavilán's experience as a child soldier who fought for both the Peruvian guerilla insurgency Shining Path and the Peruvian military.  After escaping the conflict, he became a Franciscan priest and is now an anthropologist.  Gavilán's words mark otherwise forgotten acts of brutality and kindness, moments of misery and despair as well as solidarity and love.