And Peru has launched its first daily national news broadcast in the indigenous language of Quechua for the first time in Peruvian history. Millions of people in Peru and many more in Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Chile speak fluent Quechua, which was the dominant language of the vast Inca Empire that ruled the region before the Spanish conquest. The broadcast is part of an effort to combat centuries of oppression against Indigenous Peruvians and their languages. This is a clip of the first broadcast.
Marisol Mena: “How are you today, brothers, sisters and fellow citizens of pleasant heart? I hope this is a good day for all of you. With a lot of joy, we are here to spread the news. We are very joyful, and we thank you with all our hearts for the warm welcome our program has received.”
Fernando Zavala: “I hope it’s a good day for all of you. I’m happy because I’m here at the beginning of this news program in Quechua.”