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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USC Shoah Foundation: Since 2015, the USC Shoah Foundation has been working with the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect, index and archive video testimonies of witnesses of  the Guatemalan Genocide of the early 1980s. The United Nations Truth Commission found that approximately 200,000 people were killed or disappeared in the decades-long civil war that ended in 1996. More than 500 video interviews from Guatemalan survivors and witnesses have been collected in Guatemala. All conducted in Spanish or K’iche’, the testimonies are being preserved and indexed by USC Shoah Foundation, which began adding them to the Visual History Archive in 2016. Currently there are 32 testimonies searchable in the Visual History Archive. FAFG continues to collect and grow the Guatemalan testimonies and collection.

Survivor Recounts Horrors of Guatemala Genocide

(Click to watch, 2:48)

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