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Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala
Between 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 l ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 21st 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2003)
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Still in the throes of my anthropology [mental] feeding fest, and on top of my recent post on the dilemma of international justice, this post is very timely. I just finished reading Sanford’s book this morning. I’d actually used her Ph.D. dissertation as a source when I wrote my Master’s thesis on postconflict life in Rwanda and Guatemala. It was very cool to meet her at the 2005 AAA’s in DC and to get a copy of her book. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the book before her talk, so I couldn’t get i ...more
An expert witness for the CEH in Guatemala, Sanford clarifies the killings of hundreds of thousands of Maya indigenous people from 1978 until the Peace Accords in 1997. Some people still feared for their lives in 2002 when the book was published. Delineates in excruciating terms the massacre at Panzos where Maya indigenous were killed by death squads and buried in a mass grave. She also explains the flight to the mountains after the massacres of the Scorched Earth campaigns of many Maya where th ...more
This is a very detailed account of the anthropological study into La Violencia (the government run, USA backed, genocide) in Guatemala. The book includes testimony and evidence from both sides as well as hard antropological findings. It pieces together a puzzle of often contradicting details that, when assembled, reveal a systematic campaign to violently silence indigenous Mayans and control "the official story." It is not an easy read as it contains horrific descriptions of torture and murder b ...more
I'm sure this is a fascinating book but it is a very detailed account of genocide and very hard to read. The author does a good job explaining the key ideas throughout her book and summing up the data she found.