Anthro Ticker

They return, 32 years later

Identifying remains is just one part of the story. Often time forensic teams provide communities long overdue closure and peace

Guatemala Solidarity Network

They await them at the entrance to the village, in the rain. Some cover themselves with torn umbrellas while others prefer to feel the water. They were waiting for those absent for 32 years.

The army took 80 men alive on the 2nd June 1982. The bones of six of them returned on 2nd June 2014.
Pambach received, with flowers and under a grey sky, Antonio Chiquín Max, 29 when taken away, Atanacio Xuc Mos, 31; Miguel Jalal Calach, 15, and the Cho Cuc brothers, Clemente, Domingo and Ernesto, 22, 17 and 15, respectively.

These bones, which before were men, were found and exhumed by the Foundation of Forensic Anthropology of Guatemala FAFG). They were found in what was the Military Base 21 of Cobán, Alta Verapaz. Nowadays, it functions as the Regional Training Centre of Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ).

In total, the bones of 533 adults and children were found…

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