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Terror, Grief, and Recovery: Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala

Beatriz Manz

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0011
Terror, Grief, and Recovery: Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala

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This chapter discusses how the victims of genocide cope with trauma. According to a 1999 report of the Commission for Historical Clarification, the Mayan population of Guatemala was the target of a genocidal campaign from 1981 to 1983. This campaign included more than six hundred massacres that were carried out mostly by Guatemalan troops. This chapter focuses on Santa Maria Tzejá, a Mayan village where 344 massacres occurred. It tries to determine how people cope with such ordeals and a life that is spent in a climate of terror and fear.

Keywords: trauma; genocide victims; Mayan population; genocidal campaign; Santa Maria Tzejá; terror and fear; massacres

Chapter.  9200 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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