On September 26 a Guatemalan court of three judges found the Guatemalan government guilty of genocide against the Maya-Ixil in the northern region of the country. The genocide was committed during the 1982-83 "dirty war," the internal armed conflict.
The monument reads: In honor of the fallen brothers/sisters due to the armed conflict, that this never will happen again. The monument is the main square/plaza.
In August 2013 I traveled to Nebaj in the heart of the Ixil triangle to meet with some of the Ixil women who had testified at the first genocide trail against Rios Montt. I was part of a delegation with the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission/USA. The women spoke softly about the murder of their families and some cried. At one point during their testimony tears streamed down my face as I imagined the terror and fear they experienced. They spoke in their own Mayan language and a local human rights defender translated into Spanish for us.
My life has been about crossing borders and cultures and building bridges across the boundaries that normally divide. Have you crossed any borders in your life?