James A Rodriguez

Pacux, Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala

Ramona Uscap Tum, 61, survivor from the Rio Negro massacre, holds a photograph of her late father Tomas Lajuj Chen, outside her home. Ramona hopes the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) identifies and returns the remains of both her father Tomas Lajuj Chen (50) and younger brother Santos Timoteo Lajuj Tum (eight), who were killed or abducted during the 14 May 1982, Los Encuentros Massacre and possibly exhumed in 2012 from grave XV at the UN's CREOMPAZ training centre, formerly Coban's Military Zone 21. During the massacre, soldiers and civil patrolmen killed 79 community members from Rio Negro who were hiding there after two previous massacres of February and March of the same year. Ramona lives in Pacux, the resettlement village outside Rabinal where the former Achi Mayan residents of Rio Negro were forcibly relocated after the massacres and destruction of their village and dozens more due to the flooding of the Chixoy river basin and construction of the Chixoy Hydro-electric project.

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James A Rodriguez
Pacux, Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
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