Neighbors to Denounce the Infamous "Wall of Shame" in Lima's La Molina District

Neighbors to Denounce the Infamous "Wall of Shame" in Lima's La Molina District

Mike Dreckschmidt

The “Muro de Verguenza” wall that separates upper-class residents from poverty stricken neighborhoods becomes the subject of a public discrimination controversy. Here’s why…

Extending approximately 10 kilometers long, you may have seen the infamous “Wall of Shame”, or Muro de Verguenza if you have passed through Surco or La Molina in the southern part of Lima’s metropolitan area. It sprawls along the top of the dark hills like a military barricade separating one of Lima’s richest neighborhoods from one of its poorest. It passes through several districts on both sides but for those who live on the low-income side, the theme remains the same down the entire length: separation and marginalization.

Some areas of the wall are less obvious than a fortress-like rampart but serve the same purpose. This is the case in the previously informal settlement of La Florida in Villa Marí­a del Triunfo, a low-income neighborhood, which is separated by a tall barbed-wire fence from the urbanization of Las Praderas in the district of La Molina, one of Lima’s richest residential zones. Here, the director of La Florida Carlos Hinostroza has publicly denounced the wall as discriminatory and infringing on the rights of the free movement of community members in public space since it was built in 2011, reported by El Comercio.

The neighbors of La Florida are planning to present a habeas corpus for their right to free transit in public space in the coming days.

The Municipality of La Molina defends the wall as marking an “ecological zone” that is justified by official government papers. They state that they have already approved a plan to convert the area into a park for green space, cultural activities, and recreation. However, clarification on whether or not the space will be shared with residents on the other side of the barbed-wire fence has not been offered.

Residents on the low-income side have long seen the fence with fear and resentment. Neighbors talk of those who have approached the wall being shot at by guards from watchtowers; likewise, La Republica has reported similar stories in recent years. During the presidential campaign of now US President Donald Trump, many pointed out that the indignation over the proposed Mexican border wall in Peru (as in much of Latin America) should be directed toward the “Wall of Shame” that stands right in our backyard.

What are your thoughts on the “Wall of Shame” and what it symbolizes for Peru? Share your opinion with us here at Living in Peru.

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2 Comments

  1. senor_kasper
    May 30, 22:08 Reply
    There is nothing wrong with building barriers to keep intruders from entering private property; this, of course, includes building barriers to safeguard international borders. In the case that your article deals with, it boils down to whether of not the barrier is separating private property from the surroundings (which would be fine) or illegally denying access to what is legally deemed to be public access land. Resentment or any other emotion or political motivation should have nothing to do with this.
  2. WalterLY
    May 31, 13:46 Reply
    In Lima there are criminals who traffic with land, they take advantage of the poor, they sell these land that they own, often lands of the Peruvian state, then demand the state light, free water. That is why La Molina and Surco build these walls, to avoid the invasion of land.

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