Lens on Life – Guatemala01

Guatemala (2014), 1/3 – In many ways Guatemala was my introduction to genocide studies, even if I didn’t conceptualize it as such at the time. I was deeply involved in human-rights activism around Central American issues during the 1980s and ’90s. In 1987, I visited the indigenous highlands with a provisional peace accord in place. The region was still one of scorched earth, concentration camps full of children and women, and an atmosphere sick with fear and trauma. I returned to the indigenous heartland at the end of my first UBCO sabbatical year, and was struck by the social and economic and political regeneration of the region and its population. Photographing people leading normal lives was a relief.

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