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99% of the crimes committed during Guatemala's war have not been brought to justice. 
 Did You Know? 

 > Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled during the bloodiest period of the war, was found guilty for genocide and crimes against humanity and crimes against humanity. While the verdict was later annulled, the sentence lives on in the hearts of the genocide survivors.

The Xalalá hydro-electric dam was rejected by 89% of participants in a local referendum because it could displace thousands of indigenous people and damage farmlands and forests. 

Almost 400 mining concessions have been granted to transnational gold, silver, nickel, and zinc companies in Guatemala, posing severe threats to rural communities' social and environmental well-being. 


Essential Reading

The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed The Bishop?, by Francisco Goldman. Grove Press, 2007.

Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America, by Thomas R. Melville. USA: Xlibris, 2005.

Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala, by Jonathan Moller. New York: powerHouse Books, 2004.

The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads and U.S. Power, by Susanne Jonas. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991.

Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. New York: Doubleday, 1982.

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. New York: Verso Editions, 1984.

The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War, by Greg Grandin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Massacres in the Jungle: Ixcan, Guatemala, 1975-1982, by Ricardo Falla. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994.

Maya Resurgence in Guatemala: Q’eqchi’ Experiences, by Richard Wilson. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.

Of Centaurs and Doves: Guatemala’s Peace Process, by Susanne Jonas. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000.

Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage Terror and Hope, by Beatriz Manz. California: University of California Press, 2004.

Refugees of a Hidden War: The Aftermath of Counterinsurgency in Guatemala, by Beatriz Manz. New York: State University of NY Press, 1987.

Return of Guatemala’s Refugees: Reweaving the Torn, by Clark Taylor. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.

What War? Testimonies of Maya Survivors, by Laurie Levinger.  Full Circle Press, 2009.  Read more about the project in English and Spanish or contact Laurie directly at laurie[at]levinger.net.

Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights, by Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press, 1997.


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