Between 2003 and 2004, the National Coordination of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) organized 49 exhumations in Comalapa’s former military garrison. This long and arduous process gave way to the retrieval of the remains of 179 wartime victims. Recently CONAVIGUA inaugurated a small memorial chapel in the former military garrison of San Juan Comalapa, as a place to honor the victims of the State-perpetrated genocide.
The National Coordination of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) inaugurated a small memorial chapel in the former military garrison of San Juan Comalapa, as part of the commemorations held during this year’s National Day for the Dignity of the Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict. The structure, named Nimajay or big house in the local Maya Kakchiquel language, will serve as a place to honor the victims of the State-perpetrated genocide.
Multimedia presentation with photographs and music recorded during the commemoration.
For more information, please view the following photo essay: Day of the Dead in Comalapa.
Born and raised in Comalapa, CONAVIGUA’s director Rosalina Tuyuc (right) endured the forced disappearance of her father Javier Tuyuc in 1982. Three years later, her first husband, Rolando Gómez, suffered the same fate as her father.
Julia Cúmez, daughter of Felipe Poyón Saquiquel, states: “Even though the remains of many of the victims, including my father, were not found in the former military garrison, this Nimajay is a symbol in honor of all those who were forcibly disappeared and executed. Now we have a little place where we can bring them a flower and remember them.”
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