Archbishop in Peru had the entire cathedral filled with the self-portraits of over 5,000 victims of Coronavirus on June 15 in a bid to criticise the country's health system.
According to Archbishop Carlos Castillo while the COVID-19 cases continue to be at an upswing in Peru and South America as a whole, the medical facility in the region is based on business and egotism and not on mercy and solidarity with the people.
With the WHO calling South America as the new epicentre of Coronavirus pandemic, Peru has recorded over 232,992 cases of COVID-19 with 6,860 fatalities.
According to an international media agency, hundreds of people who died of COVID-19 have lost their lives without getting any medical assistance while some patients did not have the financial resources to afford the treatment.
Moreover, an economic contraction of at least 12% in 2020 has beend predicted for Peru. Amid these times,the cleric called for solidarity with the poor. Castillo noted that apart from Coronavirus pandemic, a more challenging time is approaching the nation that is famine.
Castillo said, An even harder moment is coming, it would be terrible if in the times to come we have thousands of these photos, but dead of hunger.
Reportedly, it was the church workers who spent several days attach to the portraits of the victims that included frontline fighters, grand parents, children and some were even infants.
At least 84 pews were already filled with the images after which Castillo ordered thousands of photos to be attached to the base of the columns in the cathedral. Among these photos, there were stills of children hugging grandparents or woman dancing with her son.