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INSIDECENTRALAMERICA | Thursday 30 September 2010

Guatemala: First Exhumation of War Victims

GUATEMALA -  Guatemala on Wednesday begins exhuming the remains of those murdered by the army during the internal armed conflict of 1960 to 1996.

According to the National Reparations Program (PNR), the exhumation will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at a small village located in Huehuetenango department, where residents reported the existence of a clandestine cemetery.

Before the exhumation process begins, the victims‚�÷ families will participate in a psychosocial workshop to prepare them before giving a proper burial to the bodies according to local traditions, PNR pointed out.

The burial site is located in the backyard of what is now a rural school in the village of Agua Blanca I, in the municipality of Aguacata.

This action will be jointly carried out by the PNR, the Peace Secretariat, the National Institute of Forensic Science and the Public Ministry.

The internal armed conflict left around 250,000 people dead and missing, and was characterized by a bloody annihilation campaign against the civilian population for being what was considered the grass-roots base of guerrilla forces.



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