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Radio Diospi Suyana

A journey in a moto-taxi

Five minutes for 2 Soles (40 pence)

Of course I could walk the 20 minutes to the Hospital Diospi Suyana.  But laziness gets the better of me.  And the motos, these agile motorcycles with a small passenger cell, are extremely cheap.  Meanwhile there are more 180 of these in Curahuasi.  But that does not mean that the 180 drivers have a valid license.

The music coming from the radio sounds good and I know the voice of the radio speaker very well.  On the display I see the frequency 103.7FM, Radio Diospi Suyana.  I wonder how many taxi drivers in South Peru have tuned into our programme: hundreds or even thousands?  Through our frequencies nearly 30% of the population of the Southern States of Apurímac, Cusco, Puno and Madre de Dios can tune into our programmes 24/7.

Between two moving songs I again hear Martin Sanchez’ voice: “If we are in personal difficulties do we know where we can go for help?”  He does not even need to give the answer, since the name Diospi Suyana states it clearly: “We trust in God!”