Former Peru President Alan García shown in 2014. (Photo by Fusionurbana via Wikimedia Commons)
Quechua

Quechua Translation: Facing Arrest, Peruvian Ex-President Alan García Kills Himself

April 17, 2019 By Jacquelyn Kovarik

RUNASIMIPI: Quechua, an Andean language, is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in the Americas, with thousands of speakers. Quechua is not actually called “Quechua” by speakers of the language. They call it “Runasimi” — which means “idoma de la gente” or “language of the people.”

The news below was translated from Spanish and English into Quechua by Jacquelyn Kovarik. She translated it for the capstone for her independent study project with Dr. Odi Gonzales, the director of the NYU Quechua Language Studies program while completing her dual Masters in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Visit our Quechua page to see more translations and stories related to the Quechua language.

The news originally came out April 17, 2019.

Quechua

Mana juicioman riyta munaspa, ñawpaq presidente Alan García wañuchikuran pay kikin

Alan Garcíaq wasinman policíakuna chayaqtinku, payta hap’inankupaq, ñawpaq presidente wañuchikuran pay kikin 17 Abril killapi. Soqta chunka isqunniyuq watayuq presidentes manaraq wañusqachu chay revolverwan umanpi k´irikuqtin, ichaqa wañupuranpuni chaymanta, k´irinkunarayku, doctorkuna hanp’ishaqtinku. Autoridadkuna niranku, “hatun construcción compania, Odebrecht sutiyuq, qosqa qolqeta Garcíaman, paypa presidencial campañanpaq, iskay waranqa chunka soqtayuq watapi,” nispa. Ñawpaqta, paykuna niranku, “Ñuqayku iskay pachaq millón dolarta qorayku llapan América del Surnintin gobiernokunaman, público obrakunapaq,” nispa. Chaymanta, Erasmo Reyna, Garcíaq abogadon, prensaman niran, “Mana kuchayoq kaspa, presidente kasharan ancha phiñasqa chay situaciónmanta, chayrayku pay sipikuran chay millay accidentepi,” nispa.

Odebrechtrayku, ashka gobierno autoridadkuna carcelpi kashanku. Kasqan 17 abril p’unchay, ñawpaq presidente Pedro Pablo Kuczynskipas hospitalman hayk’uran. Iskay semanaña, paytapas hap’iranku, kasqan corrupción investigaciónpi.

 

English

Facing arrest, Peruvian ex-President Alan García kills himself

On Wednesday, April 17, Former President Alan García shot himself when police arrived at his house to arrest him. The 69-year-old initially survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries as doctors battled to save his life. According to authorities, García’s 2006 campaign was financed by the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has admitted to paying $200 million in bribes to secure public contracts all over South America. García’s lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, told press, “the president, upset over this situation, knowing his absolute innocence … had this terrible accident.”

The Odebrecht scandal has put many high government officials behind bars. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was also hospitalized yesterday after he was detained last week for allegedly accepting bribes in the same corruption investigation.

 

Español

Ante el arresto, el ex presidente peruano Alan García se mata a sí mismo

El 17 de abril, el ex-presidente Alan García se disparó a si mismo cuando la policía había llegado a su casa para detenerlo. García, de 69 años, inicialmente sobrevivió a la herida de bala autoinfligida en su cabeza, pero después murió por sus heridas, cuando los médicos estaban luchando por salvarle la vida. Según los autoridades judiciales, su campaña de 2006 fue financiado por la mega-compañía brasileña Odebrecht, que admitió haber pagado $200 millones en sobornos para asegurar contratos públicos en los países de Sudamérica. El abogado de García, Erasmo Reyna, dijo a la prensa, “el presidente, alterado por esta situación, sabiendo su inocencia absoluta…sufrió este accidente terrible.”  

El escándalo de sobornos de Odebrecht ha puesto ya a muchas autoridades del gobierno peruano en la cárcel. El ex-presidente Pedro Pablo Kuczynski fue hospitalizado el 16 de Abril. La semana anterior, estuvo detenido por presuntamente haber aceptado sobornos del mismo tipo que se viene investigando como corrupción.

About Jacquelyn Kovarik

Jacquelyn is currently a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow at New York University, where she is studying Quechua and pursuing a masters degree in Latin American Studies and Journalism. Her research focuses on contemporary social change in Bolivia and Peru, with an emphasis on transitional justice and initiatives for well-being and resilience in Andean communities. In 2016 she filmed and produced a documentary about families fighting for reconciliation in a post-dictatorship Bolivian society.

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