A Guatemalan judge opened a trial Monday of 11 retired soldiers accused of taking part in massacres of indigenous civilians during the country's bloody 1960-1996 civil war, justice officials said. Among those going on trial is Benedicto Lucas García.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, as he was heading home around noon, poet and novelist Jorge Galán was confronted by two men who threatened him verbally and then drew a weapon. According to Galán, this was not the first time he had been threatened since the publication of his new novel, “Noviembre,” just two weeks earlier by Mexico’s Planeta Press.
In 1992 Aura Elena Farfán founded Famdegua, a Guatemalan organization that supports families in their search for loved ones who were killed or disappeared during the country's brutal civil war. She's still active.