Creompaz

Fransisco Chub Choc in front of his house in Chisec, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The bones of his brother were exhumed in Creompaz and delivered to the family in August 2016. Chisec, Cobán, Guatemala.

The area of Alta Verapaz was especially afected by the internal armed conflict that lasted for 36 year with it’s peak between 1978 and 1984. Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Guatemala.
Eliseo López and his mother outside their home, where Eliseo’s father was illegally detained and disappeared in 1983. The remains of Eliseo's father, Jacobo, were exhumed in Creompaz and delivered to the family in 2016. Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Edmundo Choc is the brother of Emiliano Choc, who was 16 years old in 1982 when he disappeared in military zone 21. The family did not hear of him until last year when his bones were delivered for burial. Emiliano was exhumed in the Creompaz military base. Chisec, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Edmundo Choc shows where his brother Emiliano was buried last year, when the family received his remains after years waiting for his identification. Chisec, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Request of lack of merit in favor of syndicated, Paulo Roberto Saucedo Merida (case Creompaz) in the Court of High Risk Group A, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

International observers in the court. Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Consuelo prepares food at her home in Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz. She is participating in psychosocial workshops to help handle her experiences from the internal armed conflict. Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

The psychosocial support that the victims receive from ECAP when preparing for trials are crucial to open up about traumatic experiences during the internal armed conflict. Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Consuelo shows pictures of her brother Rodolfo, taken away by several hooded men, along with two of her cousins in 1983. The family received the bones of one cousin last year, but they are still waiting for Rodolfo and the other cousin. It hurts Consuelo that her mother died without having her son back. Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Two of Consuelo Lopez’s son did military service in military zone number 21 (now Creompaz) in 1997 and 1998. Tampó, Tactic, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

Many people never talked about the armed conflict, afraid that the violence would return if they did. Lorenza survived “because she was maybe not meant to die yet”, when living in the mountains of Cobán for years, hiding from oppression. She is still waiting for her husband and son to be found, exhumed and identified. Santa Elena Satolohox, Cobán, Guatemala.

All members of the community participate in the funeral. Many of them are waiting for the identification of their own family members. At the funerals, people ask the anthropologists for the process to leave DNA after seeing the success in identifying a disappeared relative. Cerrito Semox, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

With the disappeared returned home, the survivor can finally start living their own life after almost four decades dedicated to the search. For the relatives that haven´t yet received the remains of their loved one, the struggle continues. Some start to fear that they will not be able to live the reencounter before they themselves pass away.