The interviews you are about to read are the
voices of only a handful: Hundreds of thousands Guatemalan
Indigenous People were victimized during 36 years of a
bloody Civil war. Operating extensively in isolated and
remote areas of the Guatemalan highlands, the Guatemalan
army went practically unchecked by a polarized public and
its invariably corrupt governments.
While presumably going after leftist rebel forces who were
challenging the government over the grave social injustices
suffered by a dispossessed rural population, the army
inflicted atrocities onto vast numbers of Mayan civilians.
Finally - bowing to the rising International pressure and
the withdrawal of US-military aid to the government, a peace
accord was signed on the 29th of December 1996, in wich both
parties committied themselves to work together towards peace
and economic reconcilliation in Guatemala.
Addressing the needs and losses of those who suffered most
should have been the clear priority of any peace agreement.
Only that - the same political forces responsible for
atrocities of the past continue to shape the present
political landscape of Guatemala. Once again the Indigenous
population find themselves sidelined, with little help given
in picking up the pieces of their shattered past...