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By Patricia Simón and Javier Bauluz · Traslation: Blanca G. Bertolaza
  • Organizations and international experts ask the Spanish National High Court to investigate the sexual violence that was exercised against Mayan women as part of the genocide
  • On Monday we open a special feature about the different types of violence Guatemalan women suffer

Máxima García, victim of the gang rapings during the Guatemalan civil war (Javier Bauluz/Piraván)

Guatemala. A country with a population of around 13 million, with child malnutrition rates unknown in Latin America, with a failed State that has admitted to being incapable of taking control over the north of the country, where drug-trafficking cartels do, and murder, as they wish. A territory where street violence already made clear a decade ago that a life is worth nothing and machismo that gender violence can, besides murder – almost 600 women just in the past year– reach frightening levels of brutality and cruelty. All of this data portrays the international image of one of the countries with the least political influence, and therefore, attention, of the Latin American continent. A lack of interest that is not new and that remained during the 30 years in which a civil war massacred its population, especially those of Mayan origin. A conflict in which the figures, who are people with names, fathers, mothers, children and dreams, as we sometimes have to remind ourselves so we don’t get lost in the enormity, are proportionally much bigger than those of the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina or Uruguay: more than 200.000 people were tortured, murdered and disappeared in more than 600 massacres, more than 440 Mayan communities wiped out and more than half a million displaced to save their lives.

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