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From the Peruvian jungle to death by jihadi in Brussels


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From the Peruvian jungle to death by jihadi in Brussels

Very few of the victims of the Brussels attacks have been identified yet, but one who has has made headlines back in her native Peru, a country that only had its EU visa restrictions lifted last week.

Adelma Tapia Ruiz perished but her family survived, as her husband had gone off looking for their playing children when a bomb exploded near her.

Her brother Fernando back in Peru followed the unfolding events with horror.

“She had twins called Maureen and Alondra Delcambe Tapia. They were in the Brussels airport too, they were connecting through to New York to meet our sister Milenka Tapia. In the end this attack stopped this destiny.”

Her Belgian husband and one of their daughters were injured by shrapnel. Adelma had lived in Belgium for nine years, and was planning to open a Peruvian restaurant in the capital after studying marketing. She was originally from Pucallpa, a small jungle town deep in the remote Peruvian Amazon, a two-day bus ride from the capital, Lima.

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