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Graciela Gerillo Apaza

Graciela is an elder in the Q’ero Nation. She has lived through years without adequate food, severe snowstorms that killed their alpacas and llamas, and the death of several of her children.  Her village of Yanaruma lies in the highest habitable region of the Andes above 15,000 feet (over 4500m). Her community tries had to keep cultural traditions while seeking education for their children for their eventual employment.