Magazine article New Internationalist

Unearthed: Evidence of Massacres in Guatamala

Magazine article New Internationalist

Unearthed: Evidence of Massacres in Guatamala

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JUST outside the small village of Plan de Sanchez, a two - minute climb from the dirt road, lies the site of a massacre. It took place on 18 July 1982 at the height of the Guatemalan Army's counter - insurgency campaign.

Today a team of forensic anthropologists is unearthing the remains of an estimated 200 people who were murdered here.

The Equipo de Antropologia Forense de Guatemala was established in 1992 by a group of students and young professionals on the model of the Forensic Anthropology Team that investigates disappearances in Argentina. This is the most recent exhumation in a total of eight carried out so far.

People are still suffering 12 years later,' whispers one man whose wife and family lie in the grave. 'Until the bodies have been dug up and we are able to have proper burials we will not be able to live in peace or experence any kind of tranquillity.'

More than 100,000 people have been killed and 40,000 'disappeared' during an attempted genocide of the largely Mayan highland peoples of Guatemala by Government forces. …

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