formal signature of the Peace is the most Important Act for Guatemala in the XX
the reasons of the poverty in Guatemala.....in the 50's a popular elected president
named Jacobo Arbens promoted a important try of change the colonial structure
with the goal of take the country economy closer to a capitalist system
trough an imperfect land reform similar in spirit to the one
done in Taiwan. Much later in history, but in the early 50īs the US
Government claim communism in this action helped by the anti-imperialist
speech of Arbenz and through the CIA financed and organized
the invasion of the country from Honduras of a pro-United Fruit Co.
army, this armed force caused the destruction of our weak democracy and
by the abandon
of the popular elected government that promoted the first land
reform program in America, this
violent change give origin to a 36 years of cruel civil war, causing over 200,000 death and disappeared
people, plus the country's economic and political ruin, this long civil
war lastly finished in a Peace treaty sign in 1998 during Alvaro Arzuīs Government.
That was the first time in my remembered life that the guerrillas stop being
a treaty in the country and the danger of being caught in a crossfire
within the Army and the Guerrilla finally stops.
had been the chance to stay and work for 3 months in Guatemala City in
2000. It was a great experience. Due to all the safety warnings I felt
rather insecure in the first time but after a while I became more
familiar with the situation that looks so much different from Germany.
At weekends I traveled around by car (Chichi, Antigua, Pacific coast,
San Salvador) and never had bad experiences. I really can reinforce all
interested people to go there. It's worth while !"