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Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción”

 
 
Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
1. Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker
Inscription.
Justicia para las niñas
de Guatemala

En memoria de las 41 niñas
asesinadas en el
Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción
renombramos a este espacio como
Plaza de las Niñas de
Guatemala
8 de Marzo

No las olvidamos
Fue el Estado.

English translation:
Justice for the Girls of Guatemala

In memory of the 41 girls murdered in the
“Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción”
we rename this space as the Plaza of the Girls of Guatemala
March 8, 2017

We will not forget
that this was done by the Government.

 
Erected 2017.
 
Location. 14° 38.524′ N, 90° 30.793′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker can be reached from 6a Calle just west of 7a Avenida, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in Zone 1 of Guatemala City, near the center of the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Plaza). Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (here, next to this marker); Guatemalan Revolution of 1944
Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
2. Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker
The marker is to the left of the flagpole in this view, with the remains of a recently held memorial service still present at the site. The Cathedral of Guatemala City can be seen to the east in the background.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Central American Act of Independence (about 120 meters away); Assassination of Oliverio Castañeda de Leon (about 150 meters away); The Aycinena Arcade (about 180 meters away); Murder of Abner Abdiel Hernandez Orellana (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Fire in Guatemala City (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción”. The place known as the "Safe Home Virgin of the Assumption", was a Guatemalan state-run protective center for children and adolescents. Most were the victims of violence, neglect and child abuse. It began to function in 2010 in the nearby municipality of San José Pinula. Since 2010 it had housed minors up to 18 years old and since 2012 it began to house minors with legal problems that had already served criminal sentences but had no relatives to take care of
Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
3. Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” Marker
Memorial artwork left at the site. The text says "Les quemaron su infancia" (English: They burned their childhood.)
them. On March 8, 2017 a fire started in the center, probably as part of a protest against abuses committed against the girls housed there. Forty-one young girls died in the ensuing fire. The tragedy was widely blamed on the government's lack of oversight and general poor management of the center.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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