26 August 2004 |

Profile of Internal Displacement: Guatemala

An estimated 200,000 people were killed during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, mostly at the hands of the armed forces and their paramilitary allies. About one million people became internally displaced or fled the country. The war began in the early 1960s with an insurgency by guerrilla forces fighting for economic and political reforms, following a century and a half of authoritarian regimes and the exclusion of the indigenous majority from wealth and power in Guatemala.

 

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