Peru furore over museum donation

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The Peruvian government has come under under fire for rejecting a $2m (£1.4m) donation from Germany to build a museum for victims of Peru's civil conflict.

The government in Lima initially failed to respond to the offer, saying the money would be better spent tackling poverty and hunger.

But the decision has been criticised by human rights groups and intellectuals.

Some 70,000 people died in the conflict between the military and Maoist rebels in the 1980s and 1990s.

Peruvian Defence Minister Antero Flores has said a museum to remember victims of the conflict would be of no use to anybody.

Instead he said that tackling hunger and providing medical services were greater priorities.

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