Kristin in Chota: Rondas

Today we visited a community situated at 3500 metres above sealevel, called Moran Alto. Each community in the Andean mountains has it´s circle of "Rondas", which is like a rural police. About 20 years ago the farmers had to sleep besides their animals to make sure they were not stolen by robbers. The police didn´t engage in these problems, and this forced the farmers to take care of their security themselves. Nowadays each man has to spend 15 years in the local Ronda. This means that he, every 14 days, spends a night walking around in his community with his fellow men in the Ronda, making sure the robbers stay away from the caddle.

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