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Quiet Genocide: Guatemala 1981-1983

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"[We] understand the immense value of initiatives such as this book, which broadcasts a reality that deserves to be known by the international community. This undertaking is of great value."

—Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

About the Author

Etelle Higonnet has been a researcher for Human Rights Watch, the general project coordinator and Research Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at De Paul University, and has worked in war crimes tribunals in Cambodia and Sierra Leone, as well as other human rights NGOs around the world. She is a graduate of Yale Law School. The Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, of which this is a project, conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide.

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  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (May 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412807964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412807968
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guatemala, 28 de mayo 2009
El genocidio a que fue sometido el pueblo Maya no fue una simple matanza, ni tampoco un hecho casual. Fue el producto de un proyecto pensado de destrucción de un sistema milenario, de una civilización integra, hecho en el marco de la contrainsurgencia. De hecho, el 83 % de las victimas de todas las atrocidades fueron mayas. El proyecto fracasó, pero el daño fue inconmensurable. Los ataques destruyeron los roles familiares, afecto la posibilidad de preservación de la identidad cultural a partir de la eliminación física de niños, hombres, mujeres y niñas, particularmente de las mujeres adultas que tienen en la comunidad un rol reservado preferentemente a ellas: el de la transmisión oral de nuestras milenarias normas de convivencia. Sumemos a esto la imposibilidad de practicar el duelo comunitario en un marco de confianza comunitaria, la incertidumbre de seguir vinculados por las normas consuetudinarias que han preservado la unidad, o la necesidad de adaptación a una realidad impuesta por la fuerza y el terror, circunstancia particularmente dañina para la noción de armonía y equilibrio que practicamos los pueblos indígenas. Estos son algunos de los dilemas que el Pueblo Maya deberá afrontar y resolver en los tiempos próximos. Por esto es que comprendemos el inmenso valor de emprendimientos como este, en el que difunde una realidad que merece ser conocida por la comunidad internacional. De allí el gran valor del trabajo emprendido por ustedes. Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Guatemala, May 28 2009
The genocide of Guatemala's Mayan people was not a simple killing, nor an unintended side-effect of war.
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