Guatemala: Knowing the past helps shaping the future

The project “Knowing the past helps shaping the future” facilitates public dialogue in order to encourage justice and reconciliation. Local NGOs conduct thematic events in different locations around the country. They invite young and old to participate in memorial walks, drama workshops, film screenings and talks with contemporary witnesses.

Also, a touring exhibition on the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) is on display to provide information about human rights abuses committed during the civil war. Digital copies of the archive with information about the respective region are handed out to local civil society organizations for further research and commemoration. Relatives of missing persons are invited to provide DNA samples in order to facilitate the identification of the missing. Furthermore, journalists are trained in conflict-sensitive reporting and ethical coverage of the violent past.

Further Readings
Guatemala City: Space to remember

Guatemala City: Space to remember

The events in Guatemala City were conducted on the premises of an interactive exhibition on racism and discrimination. Numerous workshops and cultural events were organised in order to reach out to citizens from all age groups and cultural backgrounds....
Quetzaltenango: Shedding light on the past

Quetzaltenango: Shedding light on the past

The thematic events in Quetzaltenango took place on the site of the former military camp. Murals on the walls of the barracks still bring to mind the former terror. The events in the university town attracted particularly many students, who were eager...
Rabinal: Looking back, looking ahead

Rabinal: Looking back, looking ahead

In Rabinal , 44 massacres of indigenous communities took place during the civil war. The thematic events provided public space to reflect on the violent past and to share ideas about how to create a peaceful present and future. Watch the video to find...
San Cristóbal: A different kind of history lesson

San Cristóbal: A different kind of history lesson

In San Cristóbal , the violent past is particularly present. Just recently, the exhumation of mass graves on a military camp revealed the deaths of citizens who had disappeared during the civil war. Especially students and other young people were keen ...
"Hacer memoria": Reporting on reconciliation

"Hacer memoria": Reporting on reconciliation

The thematic events were covered by journalists, who had prior been trained by DW Akademie on conflict-sensitive reporting. The selection of the 12 participants was carried out by Memorial, the National Historic Police Archive and DW Akademie. The g...
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Project Overview

Project NameKnowing the past helps shaping the future
CountryGuatemala
ObjectivePublic meeting places are created in which local people can come together to learn about the past, engage in dialogue and form their own opinions
Target groupsThe populations of Cobán, Quetzaltenango, Rabinal and Guatemala City
PartnersGIZ/Civil Peace Service, DW Akademie, IIARS, National Police Historical Archive, CSO, universities
Pilot phaseOctober 2013 - July 2014, part of the activities continue
BudgetEUR 110,000
LinksHacer Memoria Implementing GIZ Programme AHPN IIARS Memorial

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