Guatemala’s conflict versus the silence






Guatemala’s conflict versus the silence

The land of Guatemala had gone through some fierce conflict which has diminished the human rights policy. The conflict was due to the political influence at that time which resulted in a war of within the people. Most of the individuals in this region were maltreated; some were killed while others went through painful moments in life. However, according to the research carried out Wilkinson and the federal nation Commission identified something unusual about the conflict and why silence was the order of the day and it will take a person who lives in the region to understand what was going on in the region. The individuals in this area were pressed with racial ethnicity and a massive disappearance of the people. The general states ‘’ we beat them’’ during the interview. However, Wilkinson experienced some challenges in talking to the people of Guatemala during the conflict due to the memories of the war they went through in life, and that is why they are unable to talk about the situation (Wilkinson).

The internal enemy existing within the people of Guatemala made it difficult for Wilkinson to get the information. It is very clear that when a person has some painful moments within them, he or she will find it difficult to speak about what they are going through. The war between the Guerrilla and government resulted in some events and loss of lives that the society could not forget and speak freely about the situation that took place some time back in history (Wilkinson). The community feared the deaths and killings that were happening without any precise cause and substance. However, other reason apart from this, there could be some things that would cause the internal conflict other than the war that was happening. Ideally, that might be true, but in reality, they will add to the wound of pain from mistreatment killings. According to the report, the victims of the wars include the women, men, youths, the children and finally the church members were not excluded.

The existence and rule of the anti-communism in Guatemala would have made it difficult for the report to be carried out (Wilkinson).  The anti-communism controlled most of the social groups in the region and hence penetrated the society becomes a problem. The social groups include the schools like the universities which also become a center of war and killings, the religious group which was also the center from changing or rather altering the attitude of the citizens. The gain of control to this social aspect in the community made it difficult for the report and data to be collected adequately for a proper analysis and good recommendation. Ideally, the society is ruled by the social aspects since it affects the culture and has the minds of many people in the community and that is why most of the politicians will first take control of the social groups, and that will automatically grant them the access to all the information about the people. Moreover, the taking of the social groups by the national security doctrine would make it easy for research to be undertaken efficiently. Additionally, just like it is tough to reach the family find without first contacting the father or rather the mother, it will be difficult to reach and draw the information from the people without first looking for their leaders.

The ineffective of the judicial systems in Guatemala influenced the collection of information. Globally, the justice system is served with the power of enforcing the law in the country to protect the citizens from unlawful acts of some wicked people in the society. The judicial system in Guatemala was weak as it was not to safeguard the rights of the individual. The victims could not release the information about what they were going through since they were afraid of being returned to and killed silently and that is why they choose to remain silent so as to protect themselves (Wilkinson). The role of the judiciary here was not being expressed duly due to the poor governance of the area by allowing anti-communism which brought the aspects and problems of the Tribal wars and hence the lack of peace. Consequently, the all issue compiled together made it difficult for the research to be conducted due to the aspect of fear of being executed. In the region, there have been some cases of people disappearing without knowing where they were going. The society has cried a lot due to these but their voice could not be heard but seen in the face due to the threat by the authority and other wicked souls in the society who find pleasure in shedding and threatening people with the mission to bury the evidence.


The Guatemala people lived a life of oppression due to the constant civil conflict in the region. The research shows that there people faces were an indicator of the pain and suffering they were going through as they could not speak about it through verbal means due to the fear of being terminated. The wicked groups in fighting the cold war managed to bury some of the evidence that might have helped to restore the country from the blood by executing justice by the united nation commission. However, despite the challenges some evidence were gathered and a recommendation were installed for the future actions to be carried out (Wilkinson).

Work cited

Wilkinson, D. (2004). Silence on the Mountain: Stories of terror, betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala. Duke University Press.Ork cited