words have their say in guatemala

My buddy Clark Boyd is on TV tonight. If you followed that link, sorry-  Clark will not be cooking under duress , or dancing, or singing (all that ended in whisky-soaked tears on the Night of a Thousand Kilts in deepest Vermont). But he will be sleuthing in Guatemala for PBS’s Frontline World.

Here’s the story: More than 200,000 people died or went missing during Guatemala’s 36 year civil war. In the countryside the targets were indigenous people, killed by soldiers. In the cities it was a different story: the victims were dissidents and activists, and the suspected perpetrators were Guatemala’s national police. Three years ago, the archives of the national police were discovered in a derelict police building in the middle of Guatemala City. Now, with the help of a Silicon Valley non-profit called Benetech, some 80 million documents are being cleaned, scanned, and analyzed. Prosecutions may follow. Here’s the original story Clark did for The World.


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