“There were total massacres…People were tortured, burned, shot, stabbed by soldiers. They were exterminating entire communities. You can’t say that’s not genocide.”
-Jose Cortez, an Ixil civil war survivor who runs a small NGO that aids fellow survivors, on the ongoing genocide trial in Guatemala.
Using forensic science, investigators have found compelling evidence that thousands of innocent indigenous Ixil Mayans were the target of extermination in Guatemala during the 1980s, a discovery that is directly affecting the genocide trial of former leader Efrain Rios Montt.