The former Guatemalan dictator, José Efraín Ríos Montt, and several of his military aids are finally being tried for their part in the brutal genocide that took place during his seventeen month rule in the early 1980s. The trial is expected to last more than a year.
The Mayan people continue to struggle with the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War. Like the families in La Pedrera, many are haunted by the murders and atrocities of the war. They continue to be victimized by prejudice and marginalized by society. They live in severe poverty, often lacking basic necessities like food, clean drinking water, adequate shelter, medical care and education.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ríos Mont will be convicted, but acknowledgement of the war crimes continues to grow. As the Guatemalan Forensics Anthropology Foundation continues it’s work to investigate and document the war crimes, there is hope that one day justice will be served.