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Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict

Memorial a las Víctimas del Conflicto Armado de Guatemala

 
 
Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
1. Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
Inscription.
Es nuestro deseo erigir este símbolo para dignificar
los centenares de mujeres, niños, y hombres
que sufrieron los estragos y el horror de la violencia política
durante treinta y seis años desde 1960 a 1996.

Los nombres aquí grabados representan a miles de personas
que sufrieron graves violaciones a su dignidad intrinseca
de seres humanos.

También son testimonios de aquellas
víctimas que aún permanecen en el anonimato.

Sirva este esfuerzo para recuperar la autoestima
de los sobrevivientes de nuestro holocausto, para que
estas y las generaciones futuras conzacan el pasado
y mantengan presente la memoria de este pueblo.

Que Nunca Más hechos semejantes se repitan sobre nuestra tierra.

Monseñor Próspero Penados del Barrio
Arzobispo Primado de Guatemala
Guatemala de la Asunción, Abril 24 de 1998

English translation:
We desire to erect this symbol in order to dignify the hundreds of women, children, and men who suffered the ravages and horror of political violence for thirty-six years from 1960 to 1996.

The names here recorded represent the thousands of people who suffered serious violations of their intrinsic human dignity.

They are also testimonies of those victims who still remain anonymous.
Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
2. Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
A detailed view of one of the memorial's columns. The names are organized according to the geographical department where the victims where from or where a massacre happened. This example is from the department of San Marcos, showing a list of massacres perpetrated there and then a list of known victims of torture.


We hope that this monument serves to recover the self-esteem of the survivors of our holocaust, so that these and future generations will reconcile the past and keep present the memory of this people.

That Never Again similar events are repeated in our nation.

Monsignor Próspero Penados del Barrio
Archbishop of Guatemala
Guatemala de la Asunción, April 24, 1998

 
Erected 1998.
 
Location. 14° 38.496′ N, 90° 30.756′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker is on 7a Avenida just north of 8a Calle, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. 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. Tragedy of the “Safe Home Virgen de la Asunción” (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (about 90 meters away); Guatemalan Revolution of 1944 (about 120 meters away); The Central American Act of Independence (about 150 meters away); The Aycinena Arcade (about 150 meters away); Assassination of Oliverio Castañeda de Leon
Bishop Gerardi's name on the Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
3. Bishop Gerardi's name on the Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict
The last name on the memorial is that of Bishop Gerardi, killed in his home on April 26, 1998, two days after the final report was published by Guatemala's National Reconciliation Commission. His names tops one of the columns dedicated to victims from the department of Quiché.
(about 150 meters away); Murder of Abner Abdiel Hernandez Orellana (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Fire in Guatemala City (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict. This monument was put in place only one and a half years after the December 28, 1996 peace accords that ended Guatemala's armed conflict as one of the first and largest memorials to its victims. It is made up of inscriptions of the names of victims and the names of massacres carved into stone panels that line the columns around the atrium of the Cathedral. Unfortunately, many people are not even aware of the memorial as it is somewhat subdued and blends into the Cathedral's stonework. It has also been vandalized and damaged from vehicles that have hit some of the columns.
 
Categories. Civil RightsPeaceWars, Non-US
 
The Cathedral of Guatemala City image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
4. The Cathedral of Guatemala City
The Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict can be seen on the columns surrounding the cathedral's atrium.
The interior of the Cathedral of Guatemala City image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
5. The interior of the Cathedral of Guatemala City
The altar of the Cathedral of Guatemala City image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 19, 2017
6. The altar of the Cathedral of Guatemala City
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 10, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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