Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala by Victoria SanfordBetween the late 1970s and the late-1980s, Guatemala was torn by mass terror and extreme violence in a genocidal campaign against the Maya, which becameknown as La Violencia. More than 600 massacres occurred, one and a half million people were displaced, and more than 200,000 civilians were murdered, most of them Maya. Buried Secrets brings these chilling statistics to life as it chronicles the journey of Maya survivors seeking truth, justice, and community healing, and demonstrates that the Guatemalan army carried out a systematic and intentional genocide against the Maya. The book is based on exhaustive research, including more than 400 testimonies from massacre survivors, interviews with members of the forensic team, human rights leaders, high-ranking military officers, guerrilla combatants, and government officials. Buried Secrets traces truth-telling and political change from isolated Maya villages to national political events, and provides a unique look into the experiences of Maya survivors as they struggle to rebuild their communities and lives.
Guatemala: Voices of the Genocide
Victoria Sanford , Anne Barbour. Between the late s and the mid s, Guatemala was torn by a civil war which came to be known as La Violencia. During this time of mass terror and extreme violence, more than massacres occurred in villages destroyed by the army, one and a half million people were displaced, and more than , civilians murdered.
The Americas By Victoria Sanford. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, This is an extraordinary book that deserves a wide readership. At a time when there is much interest in democratic transitions in Latin America, this profound study vividly illuminates how difficult it will be to come to terms with and eventually transcend a violent authoritarian past.
Victoria Sanford. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Victoria Sanford provides an extremely valuable service with her book on the violence that overwhelmed Guatemala from the late s through the s and early s. As a forensic anthropologist working in Guatemala in the wake of the civil war, she literally unearthed many of the casualties that the government and, to a lesser extent, the insurgency would have preferred to have kept hidden. Her work, which includes extended testimonies from witnesses, is a devastating account of government violence inflicted on Guatemala's Mayan majority. Her book combines these testimonies with information from several comprehensive reports on the violence, formerly classified documents, and an effectively frank and personal account of her own experiences. The final product is a compelling, although not completely flawless, account of Guatemala over the past thirty years.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Victoria Sanford's Buried Secrets makes a valuable contribution to our understanding about how rural Guatemalans come to grips with the death and destruction that dominated their lives over the past forty years. Through the voices of over massacre survivors, former soldiers, civil patrollers, and insurgent combatants, which Sanford documented during her years of participation on teams exhuming mass graves, she writes a book about La Violencia in highland Guatemala from the perspective of rural Maya survivors. Guatemalans use the term La Violencia when referring to the massacres in villages and , civilian victims of a thirty six year-long civil war. Buried Secrets is a difficult read simply because, in parts, tears flood the eyes of readers who wade through the traumatic memories of massacre survivors. If you want to learn more about how rural Guatemalans slowly come to terms with a horrific past and how academics theorize about how those impacted by the violence conduct their lives in post-war societies, Sanford's book must rest open in your hands.
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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Between the late s and the mid s, Guatemala was torn by a civil war which came to be known as La Violencia. During this time of mass terror and extreme violence, more than massacres occurred in villages destroyed by the army, one and a half million people were displaced, and more than , civilians murdered. Buried Secrets brings these chilling statistics to life as it chronicles the journey of Mayan survivors seeking truth, justice, and community healing and demonstrates that the Guatemalan army carried out a systematic and intentional genocide against the Maya. Victoria Sanford provides us with an insider's look at the workings of the Commission for Historical Clarification through the exhumation of clandestine cemeteries.