guatemalan civil war

Rigoberta Menchú (b. 1959) is a Guatemalan political activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She is a strong campaigner for indigenous and women’s rights, particularly active during the Guatemalan Civil War.

She was forced to go into exile in Mexico in 1981, but organised the national resistance and the struggle for indigenous rights from outside her country. Since the end of the war, she campaigned for those responsible for the torture and genocide of the native population to be tried in Spanish courts, an effort which was successful on various occasions.

Maya Catholics Meet Together To Celebrate Their Uniqueness

Maya Catholics attend Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville, Tennessee, July 8. The Mass was part of a national Maya conference held to help young Native people better understand their identity as Mayas by celebrating traditional music, culture and spirituality.

They are proud members of the Maya Catholic diaspora now living all across the United States, and they came together at a conference in Cookeville, Tennessee by the hundreds July 7-8 to celebrate their Native culture and Catholic spirituality. “The Maya community rarely comes together and meets and celebrates our uniqueness.” said Juanatano Cano, a native Q’anjobal speaker.

A highlight for many 2017 conference participants was attending Mass celebrated in native Mayan languages, including Q’anjobal, Akateco and Chuj. A priest and a deacon from Guatemala traveled to Tennessee for the conference to celebrate Mass and lead breakout sessions.

The conference for Mayas focused on strengthening Maya families and preserving their unique cultures, with a particular focus on Maya youth. Gaspar Andres, a recent high school graduate, traveled to the conference from South Carolina with his parents. “I want to learn more about the culture and where my parents came from.” he said.

Andres, whose first language is Akateco, learned English in school. “The way kids grow up, they don’t want to learn the language and culture and sometimes the parents don’t explain it really good,” he said. For young adults like him, attending the annual Maya conference can be a powerful reinforcement.

The most relevant need of the Maya is to transmit the faith toward our children.” said Francisco Hernandez, a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas and the local conference chair. “Our children must never forget their roots, our origin and values. We, and our children, need to feel proud for being Maya.”

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0asissss  asked:

Do you have any resources for writing about war? Alternate history, oppressive government, dystopian society. MC is the leader of a rebel group that starts a revolution and expands into one of two sides fighting a war. Fighting is nationwide but MC and his small group fight at home. I have a ton of worldbuilding to do but I know I need help writing about war. Everything about it, from fighting to ranks/chain of command to staying realistic to its effects on people. Anything you have will help!!

@0asissss

Oh boy, did you come to the right place!

Personally, when it comes to writing, my favorite thing in the world to do is research. Good resources for the actually writing about war are few and far between, so I think your best bet would be to research some big wars and war heroes. Maybe pick up some historical fiction from authors like Tim O’Brien. If you’re really into history, check out some news articles from the World Wars from both sides, or the Vietnam War. When writing about a topic such as war, it is essential that you do your research. 

Most of the resources I give you will be America-centric because that’s what I grew up learning about, and that’s also what I know best. These types of articles will be different for different countries.

I have bolded what I think is most helpful.

Writing About War

Write A War Story
How to Write a War or Battle Scene in Your Novel

War Itself

What causes war?
Rules of warfare [1]
Types of combat
Modern technology in combat
Revolution

Effects of War

Mental illness
How it affects the folks at home [WWII][Vietnam]

War Protests

Vietnam war protests

War and the Media

Propaganda
The television and war

Rebel Groups

Sans Culottes
[Fiction] Les Amis de L’ABC
Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) 
26th of July Movement
Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Military

Ranking in the United States
Ranks vs. Rates
Fitness requirements [Army][Navy][Air Force][Marine Corps][SEAL]
Army vs. Navy vs. Air Force 

Doing research on the Guatemalan Civil War as a whole I think will really help you. It is fairly recent (ended in 1996), so you will be able to find a lot of online sources and articles. 

TL;DR Research Tim O’Brien’s writing as well as the Guatemalan Civil War

xx Sarah

Studying the Guatemalan Civil War makes me so angry.

Like seriously? Arbenz was a bit liberal and he liked the working class so he MUST be a communist, right? Oh, wait, no. He just allowed communists the right to party formation like a democratic society is supposed to. Or is that only okay when the political party is something the US likes? Also:

WHY DOES THE UNITED STATES ALWAYS HAVE CREEP AROUND THE GLOBE FINDING COMMUNISTS AND KILLING THEM ITS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS WHO’S A COMMUNIST AND WHO ISNT.

A FRUIT COMPANY WAS THREATENED. A FRUIT COMPANY. 

AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PERSON, ARBENZ, WAS REPLACED BY A DICTATOR. ARE. YOU. KIDDING ME. 

Sometimes 1950s era US foreign policy makes me want to kill myself.