2010-02. In Memory of our Martyrs and the Bloodshed in Comalapa
February 24th, 2010
San Juan Comalapa. Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
February 24th, 2010.
Issue: Postwar / Historical Memory
The National Coordination of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) inaugurates 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.”
Version en español aquí.