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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Guatemala

From the New York Times:

In mid-July, workers from the office of Guatemala's human rights ombudsman discovered, in a police base, stacks and stacks of files - apparently, the complete files of the National Police. The files date back to 1902 - but significantly, they cover the 36-year period of Guatemala's civil war, which ended in 1996. During the war, 200,000 people were killed and 50,000 forced to disappear. Guatemala's truth commission called the government's actions during the war genocide.

This is probably the biggest trove of files found in the history of Latin America, which is both good and bad. It will be of immense use to historians, and will likely provide information on what happened to hundreds of disappeared people.

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