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of the 2002 New California Media Awards
Guatemala, the indigenous Mayan community was targeted by the military,
government- created civilian patrols and the guerrillas during thirty-six
years of civil war that officially ended with the signing of "a firm
and lasting" set of peace accords in 1996. This civil war was defined
by three waves of terror that displaced one million people and relulted
in over 100,000 deaths, 83% Mayan people. The base of Mayan society was
decimated with more than 300 villages completely destroyed during the 1982-83
campaign. Today many groups are demanding historical clarification as part
of the reconciliation process.
The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) is among the organizations leading the exhumation of the more than 700 registered sites in the country, a process that is estimated to take ten years to complete.