Fire in the Mountains

Chapter 10

Grupo de personas protestando con armas.

The terrible and absurd war that scorched Guatemala, finally grabbed a hold of our peaceful village of Santa Eulalia. Peasants were forcefully enlisted into the so-called Self Defense Civil Patrols. If you said “no”, you could be confused as an insurgence collaborator. In this picture, my dad appears in this picture with a white hat to the left of the picture. The patrolmen carried sticks to simulate long weapons. In 1987, this war forced many to flee the country in order to survive. My father was one of those that had to flee in order to save his life.