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Buried Secrets

Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala

Authors: Sanford, V.

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Between the late 1970s and the mid 1980s, 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 600 massacres occurred in villages destroyed by the army, one and a half million people were displaced, and more than 200,000 civilians murdered. 83% of the victims were Maya, the indigenous people of Guatemala. 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. 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.

About the authors

VICTORIA SANFORD is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. She was a Bunting Peace Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, a Kellogg Fellow at Notre Dame, and a Rockefeller Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She has worked with Maya refugees since 1986 and in Maya communities since 1993. She co-authored the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation's report to the Commission for Historical Clarification.

Reviews

'No book on this topic has approached the thoroughness and raw impact of Victoria Sandford's Buried Secrets.' - Christian Parenti, San Diego Union-Tribune

'...Sanford critically and eloquantly documents the U.S. sponsored violations of human rights in Guatemala.' - Lilliana Patricia Sandeman, San Antonio Express-News

'This landmark book reaches out to those who are trying to understand Guatemala...' - Jim Przepasniak, El Paso Times

'Victoria Sanford leads us into a powerful and heartbreaking history of testimonies. Her journey into this war zone ... is clear-eyed, haunting and, above all, close to the ground.' - Michael Ondaatje, Author of Anil's Ghost

'The genocide in Guatemala and how survivors have dealt with it constitutes, in Victora Sanford's gripping and compassionate tale, a crucial lesson in ways in which to keep memory and hope alive.' - Ariel Dorfman, Author of Death and the Maiden


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Buried Secrets
Book Subtitle
Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7337-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403973375
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6559-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52617-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 313
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