Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Guatemala's wounds

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a reporter at the Miami Herald, who wanted to talk to me about a story she was working on. Having come across a woman who'd spent her entire adult life involved with the URNG guerrilla movement, the reporter was rather surprised that this woman still didn't feel comfortable talking to her family about her role. The Herald story, by Cara Buckley, ran a few days ago, but I'm only just now taking a look at it.

To those who think that the Guatemalan peace process was in any way comparable to the Salvadoran one, this story should give pause. I can think of no one that I know in El Salvador who is reluctant to talk about the past, not even with former or current "enemies." They may not be willing to talk about any dirty business they might have been involved in (from the left or right), but still there is no perceived danger in identifying yourself one way or another. Guatemala has a long way to go before it gets to where El Salvador is today.

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