UFO sightings occur all over the world, creating a hysterical wave of debate in their wake. Was the 2012 Kentucky UFO sighting a governmental project, extraterrestrial visitors or a natural phenomenon? Most UFO sightings remain unexplained.
One of the most famous inexplicable UFO case was the Mariana unidentified flying object sighting which is regarded as the first great UFO sighting in the US. Peru is the latest country in the UFO spotlight since its Air Force has revived its Department of Investigation of Anomalous Ariel Phenomena (DIFAA) to research UFO sightings.
In 2006, DIFAA was shut down but, due to an increase in the number of UFO sightings in Peru, has been reopened. The Department will unite archeologists, sociologists, astronomers and other air force personnel to study how often unexplained sightings occur, where they are taking place and at what time. Talking about the re-launching of DIFAA, Colonel Julio Vucetich told reporters that the Department was aimed for people “Who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise of concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information.” (1)
DIFAA was originally opened in 2001 but was shut just five years later due to problems related to administration. Due to a batch of UFO sightings in the skies over Peruvian territory being reported to the media, Peru decided to reactivate the agency.
What DIFAA Does
The agency will be involved in organizing, directing, controlling and collecting information available to investigate and develop records and reports. It will also be aimed at “sorting and processing, filing and custody cases involving these phenomena from the standpoint of national security”. (2)
By having an official agency designed solely to analyze and investigate sightings of unidentified objects, DIFAA should encourage people to report any unusual objects or sights they might witness. Sifting through a bulky scrapbook of newspaper cuttings related to UFO sightings in Peru dating back as far as the 1950s, Vucetich told the Guardian:
“Many people don’t report UFO sightings because they fear they will be labeled mad or made fun of, but nowadays with new technology – cellphone videos, Facebook, Twitter – they can be much more open, without feeling that they are the only ones who have seen what they’ve seen,” (3)
Personal accounts of witnessing strange objects in the sky are fairly common in Peru. Just last month the local media reported that villagers in Marabamba in the central Huanuco region of the country watched bright balls of light illuminate the sky. A beach resort, approximately 60 kilometers to the south of Lima, has been the source of several UFO sightings.
A former resident of the resort told the Guardian how 16 years ago she saw a “huge number of flashing lights” in the air above the beach. Colonel Julio Vucetich spoke of how he himself had a personal sighting of “anomalous aerial phenomena”.
“On a personal basis, it’s evident to me that we are not alone in this world or universe,” Vucetich told the Guardian. (3)
DIFAA will also serve to educate the public into various aspects of ufology with a series of meetings and discussions. For example, in October this year, DIFAA held a meeting titled “The Nazca Lines and Extraterrestrial Beings”. The meeting included various experts talking about the Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs situated in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
In 1994, the Nazca Lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The experts attending the event explained that despite their unusual nature these huge drawings of insects and animals in the Nazca Lines that can only be viewed from the air were not extraterrestrial in origin. Maria Reiche, a German UFO researcher who attended the meeting, said that the ancient drawings could have been used as an astronomical calendar. (2)
UFO Departments in Other Countries
Peru is not alone in having a department devoted solely to researching “Anomalous Aerial Phenomena”. Neighboring Argentina, Chile and Brazil all have similar agencies, highlighting how much more serious such phenomena seems to be taken in South America.
Antonio Huneeus, a Chilean UFO investigator, told Open Minds UFO Radio that the move to reopen the agency responded to a greater amount of interest in ufology shown in the region.
“There are a few cultural reasons too, the public is more open-minded about the phenomenon of UFOs,” said Huneeus. (4)
As Top Secret Writers has examined in the case of the Roswell UFO Festival, such intriguing phenomena can bring in money in tourism. By taking a serious stance on this hotly debated subject and investigating alleged sightings, it could be possible that Peru financially benefits from the reopening of the UFO department.