Mama Angelica passed away on August 28 at the age of 88 having spent the last thirty-plus-years of her life searching for her son Arquimedes
Ascarza, abducted at gunpoint in ground zero Ayacucho during Peru's 20-year terror episode
. She never saw him again.
"Mama Angelica is an example of strength and perseverance who managed to pick herself up after her son's disappearance and strived for justice and dignity," said Justice and Human Rights Minister Maria Soledad Perez Tello.
Overall, ANFASEP gathered more than 500 women like Angelica, whom she taught to speak up for their children.
While focusing on those who went missing, Angelica did not neglect the ones who were left behind. She also opened a soup kitchen for terrorism orphans.
As part of the homage, Minister Perez Tello highlighted Mama Angelica's contribution to the adoption of justice, truth and memory policies.
These include a comprehensive redress plan for terror victims and a law regulating the search for the disappeared during the armed conflict.
Held at Lima's Space for Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion (LUM), the ceremony saw the presence of Ministers Salvador del Solar (Culture) and Carlos Basombrio (Interior), as well as other political figures.