Tuesday, February 9, 2010

History Repeats: Committee of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared of Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
February 7th, 2010.
Issues: Dirty War / Coup d’état

“The so-called 80’s were characterized by a wave of violence in several countries in Latin America. Our country, Honduras, was not an exception. Even though the phenomenon of ‘disappearances’ occurred mostly during the military dictatorships, many people also vanished during democratically elected governments.” (1)

“A forced disappearance can be defined as: The illegal detention of a person by a State security agent or a force acquiesced by it, without the appropriate legal procedure, and in which the act is denied without any further information regarding the location or wellbeing of the detainee.” (2)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Incessant Search for the Disappeared: Exhumation in Villalobos

Kilometer 12. Highway to Villalobos, Mixco. Guatemala, Guatemala.
December 16, 2009.
Issues: Impunity / Justice / Post-war

Twenty-some years later, the question remains the same: where are the disappeared? Based on a witness testimony, the Association of Family Members of the Detained-Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA in Spanish), along with the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG in Spanish), began a process of exhumation in a possible clandestine mass grave on December 10, 2009.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Migration and Cultural Syncretism: Patron Saint Day in Todos Santos Cuchumatán

Todos Santos Cuchumatán. Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
November 1st, 2009.
Issues: Culture & Migration

“We understand cultural syncretism as a process of acculturation, or mixing of different cultures. In general terms, it basically refers to the process by which Europe, and particularly Spain and Portugal, blended with the so-called ‘New Continent’”. (1)

Nevertheless, it is impossible not to perceive the new syncretism that continually embeds itself in our territories due to the complex links arising from the South-to-North migration phenomenon.