Exhume the Body
A forensic anthropologist works to exhume the body of a peasant killed by the Guatemalan army in 1982 during the civil war. The photograph was taken in Chucalibal, El Quiché, 130 kilometers (about 80 miles) west of Guatemala City, on May 17, 2005. The Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala oversaw the exhumation, the site of which was visited by family members of victims of violence from around the world, including relatives of victims of the September 11 attacks in the United States.
A skeleton is seen next to traditional Maya clothing in a mass grave where 12 people were buried after being massacred by the Guatemalan army in 1982 in the village of El Adelanto. The photograph was taken on August 31, 2007.
Relatives of 179 villagers killed by the Guatemalan army between 1981 and 1984 pray during a mass at a former military base in Comalapa on November 2, 2004.
Lorenzo Cuxil and Felicita Oligaria look at a picture of a victim killed by the Guatemalan army at a former military base in Comalapa, 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) west of Guatemala City, in this photograph taken on November 2, 2004. Guatemalans honor their deceased loved ones on November 1 and 2 each year.
A man carries the coffin of a villager killed during a massacre by the Guatemalan army in 1981 in Cocop, Nebaj, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of Guatemala City, in this photograph taken on June 10, 2008. After the exhumation of 76 villagers killed on April 16, 1981, in Cocop, a team of forensic anthropologists made a scientific study of the bones and clothes of the massacred villagers to identify their remains. After more than two years of study, the anthropologists gave the remains to the victims’ relatives for burial.