A country interwoven with striking features and strong indigenous culture, Guatemala’s natural beauty stands in stark contrast to its bloody past and troubled present. The indigenous Maya of Guatemala make up around
One legacy of this civil war is the large number of Maya women widowed, many single mothers, and families mired in poverty. “Most people can’t even imagine the kind of poverty these people live in,”
40% of the population. During the 36 year civil war, which ended in 1996, the Maya were a target of
Amnesty International has said.
state sponsored violence. The Guatemala Genocide,
But this bleak picture is not woven in the people we
a year-long campaign in 1982, saw soldiers attack hundreds of Maya villages, massacring civilians,
meet here who possess a beauty that defines all
including children. Of more than 200,00 people killed, 83% were Maya; some 440 massacres were committed in indigenous communities.
hardship. “They’ve been through pain and suffering unthinkable for most of us but when you look into their eyes you see nothing but warmth, love and strength.” – Will (founder of I AM.)
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