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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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News Articles:

Human Rights Watch: Guatemala: Rios Montt Convicted of Genocide

Testimony: Massacre in Guatemala: A survivor’s story
Ramiro Osorio Cristales was one of four survivors of the massacre in Dos Erres, Guatemala. His entire family and fellow villagers were killed by paramilitary forces when he was 5. Cristales was raised by a man who helped kill his father and was forced to call him ‘Papa’ until roughly the age of 17.

Cristales poses for a photo in his Canadian apartment in June 2011.


Survivor Recounts Horrors of Guatemala Genocide (2:48 mins)


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