The former president of Guatemala is standing trial for genocide. A group of retired soldier and their relatives launched a campaign on Monday to deny that genocide was carried out in Guatemala and to demand a fair trial. In the meantime testimonies are being recorded from survivors of the Ixill Maya villages that were obliterated during Rios Montt’s terms in office.
It’s hard sometimes to look back at the past and judge fairly. But in my book Shaman Priest Maria Elena Rendon in 1976, wonders if the new President-elect (He was not allowed to take office in 1976.) will come to her First Communion outside Heuhuetenango and is shocked to learn that not everyone is Catholic.
When Maria Elena’s entire family is killed many suspect the government. Rios Montt is a name Maria Elena will never forget.
When Maria Teresa’s father is killed fighting against guerrilla groups in the lowlands another child’s life is irrevocably changed.
When Domingo Chuc comes home only to discover the massacre of his entire village he vows to seek revenge for his family and for his people.
Domingo, Maria Teresa, and Maria Elena are characters in a book, but the incidents that take place are real, taken from newspapers and personal experience between 1966 and 1986.
Want to know why Rios Montt stands trial today for genocide that took place thirty years ago? Read the Shaman Priest by Karen Hopkins. Available on Kindle for $2.99. It is a great story filled with love and hope, set in a time of death and horror.
After you read it let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.