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A Guatemalan Maya Quiche woman stands surrounded by coffins during the burial of the victims of a 1982 massacre in Chajul, Guatemala, February 2.


A Guatemalan Maya Quiche woman stands surrounded by coffins during the burial of the victims of a 1982 massacre in Chajul, Guatemala, February 2. On February 28, 1982, a military patrol killed 99 persons of the small village of Xolcuay in Chajul, some 180 milles northwest of Guatemala City. After 20 years, the survivors were alllowed to exhumate the bodies from a clandestine cemetery and to give them a traditional Maya-Catholic burial. An anthropologist discovered 36 bodies, but only 35 were recognized by their relatives. A UN report said that the Guatemala Army commited genocide in 1982 and 1983 against the Mayan Indian population.
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