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Guatemalan Genocide

Case Study: Guatemala Genocide


When: March 23, 1982 – August 8, 1983

Where: Guatemala, Central America


  • Perpetrators: Efrain Rios Montt’s dictatorial government, Guatemalan military
  • Targets: Ixil Mayan Indians


  • 1,771 dead
  • Up to 200,000 refugees

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Survivor Recounts Horrors of Guatemala Genocide (2 minutes 48 seconds)

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Massacre in Guatemala: A survivor’s story – Ramiro Osorio Cristales was one of four survivors of the massacre at Dos Erres. He was eventually forced to call a man who helped kill his father ‘Papa.’

Massacre in Guatemala A survivor’s story

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