Edith Lagos

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Edith Lagos Saez
Born(1962-11-27)November 27, 1962
DiedSeptember 2, 1982(1982-09-02) (aged 19)
Service/branchShining Path
Battles/warsInternal conflict in Peru

Edith Lagos was a Peruvian activist who was a member of the Communist Party of Peru, commonly known as the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso). Lagos was a prominent promoter of the group's agenda.

Lagos was born in Ayacucho to a wealthy family. She studied law at Universidad de San Martín de Porres in Lima before dropping out to join Shining Path[1][2]

In 1980, Lagos escaped the Ayacucho jail after a Shining Path detachment blew a hole in the jail wall. She spent the next two years promoting Shining Path and participating in their operations.

In 1982, Lagos was killed in Umaca, Peru, in a shootout with police and paramilitary forces.[3] She was buried in Ayacucho. It was estimated that up to 30,000 people attended the funeral. Lago's tomb was later bombed by the Rodrigo Franco Command.[4]


  1. ^ Cragin, Kim; Daly, Sara A. (2009). Women as Terrorists: Mothers, Recruiters, and Martyrs. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780275989095.
  2. ^ "¿Quién es Edith Lagos, la senderista del video del Frente Amplio?". altavoz.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  3. ^ Gorriti, Gustavo (2000-11-09). The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru. Univ of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807866856.
  4. ^ (DM), Victoria Guerrero. "Ciberayllu: Guerrero - El cuerpo muerto y el fetiche en Sendero Luminoso: el caso de Edith Lagos". www.andes.missouri.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-15.