June 7, 2010

Anthropologists hope to shed light on Guatemala's 'disappeared'

Working in a shabby public cemetery in Guatemala, anthropologists are pulling skeletons from an enormous well, hoping the bones will provide clues to what happened to thousands of "disappeared" people during the longest and bloodiest Central American civil war. An estimated 200,000 people were killed in the 36-year-old civil war, a truth commission found. Among the dead were 45,000 people said to be "disappeared" — abducted, then killed, their bodies never again seen.

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