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.