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CROSSING BORDERS: Roger Casement and his Peruvian experience with Ambassador of Peru, Carmen McEvoy, and Angus Mitchell
28 September, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
In association with the Embassy of Peru in Ireland.
Roger Casement (1864-1916) made two journeys into the north-west Amazon to investigate claims about the mistreatment of workers involved in rubber extraction. He later wrote an official report exposing the desperate plight of indigenous Amazonian communities. This inquiry connected Casement to a group of Peruvian activists, who would work tirelessly to protect those threatened by the widespread violation. Casement’s Peruvian experience has been overshadowed by his campaign against King Leopold II’s Congo Free State and his work for Irish Independence. However, in different ways, his Amazon travels triggered his final transformation into a revolutionary. For this his legacy has fascinated generations of Peruvian intellectuals, among them José Carlos Mariátegui and Mario Vargas Llosa.
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