A Massacre Remembered

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Title:A Massacre Remembered
Abstract:Guatemala's thirty-six year civil war claimed the lives of more than 200,000 citizens and displaced millions more, many of them Mayan civilians. During the war, the Guatemalan military killed, tortured, raped and butchered hundreds of thousands of people. This WITNESS Rights Alert feature tells the story of WITNESS partner Jesús Tecú Osorio, one of the few survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre that took place on March 13, 1982. After witnessing the massacre of more than one hundred children and nearly eighty women by members of the Guatemalan army and civil patrols, Jesús and seventeen other children were taken to work as servants in the houses of the patrollers who had killed their families. Jesus lived in captivity for three years until he was freed by his only surviving sister, Laura. This Rights Alert feature tells Jesus's story and informs viewers of the movement that he has spearheaded to acknowledge, commemorate, mourn and seek justice for the victims of this devastating tragedy. This piece is narrated by REM musician Michael Stipe, with music by Philip Glass. [RT 3:47]
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  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Creator
  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Copyright holder
  • WITNESSRole: Copyright holder
  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Videographer
  • Philip GlassRole: Musician
  • Michael StipeRole: Narrator
University of Texas Libraries
Date Created:2000
Topics:armed conflict and persecution--genocide
armed conflict and persecution--mass killings
armed conflict and persecution--torture
armed conflict and persecution--sexual violence
armed conflict and persecution--war crimes
Named Entities:Maya Achi People
Civil Defense Patrols, Guatemala (PACs/Patrullas de Autodefensa Civil)
Jesus Tecú Osorio
Geographic Focuses:North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Río Negro
Central America
Latin America
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Municipio de Rabinal
Geographic Base:North America--Guatemala
Type of Resource:Moving image
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