“I’m Captain Cueva, I’m 32 years old and I’m part of the Peruvian Army. I’m in Haiti, working for the United Nations.
My job is to ensure stability around the camp, “Coral Camp”, that hosts the victims of the earthquake. Our presence in the camp is 24/7, and we prevent possible thefts or acts of violence… The people in one of my groups are not wearing military clothes, and their assignment is to help the population and the people in charge of the camp with whatever they need.
My first mission in Haiti was in 2008. Back then our job was to lower the violence index and make the country livable. Today violence has decreased, but the earthquake caused other problems: many people have lost their homes and need help. The country needs lots of work and everyone’s efforts, starting from Haitian people who need to make an effort to bring their country forward. We hope that our job will help them grow, I don’t know who much it will take but this is our objective. Haiti has lots of possibilities, it could be a very productive country. It has beautiful beaches, fascinating places, history, and wonderful people…
It’s a difficult job. Many people identify the job of soldiers with violence, or repression: it’s not like that. We keep things under control, and weapons are our last resort. We’re just like anybody else.
I chose to become a soldier because I had many friends who were attending military school or were soldiers. They talked to me about their jobs, their lives, and I liked it. The place in which I really discovered my opportunity was in military school. Thanks to the army I was able to travel and study a lot. The only downside of the job is that sometimes the people we love don’t understand the job we do”.