In a blunder by the Peruvian government in the early 1990s, Peru began a program to sterilize poor indigenous women.

The wealthy military-financial population devised the Green Plan under the authority of Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru. Peru's financial standing was diminished by their immense social programs and the International Monetary Fund called for a reduction in welfare. The US, UN and others supported the sterilization program.

This woman recounted her experience by telling us about the day soldiers arrived in her village and told her that they were taking her and other women to hospital for mandatory medical examinations. She only found out later that she was permanently sterilized.

The Peruvian government has blocked attempts for victims to sue for damages. In the end, the initial plan failed because the reduction in births created a labor shortage which made poor regions poorer.