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Relatives of 179 villagers killed by the Guatemalan Army during the period of 1981-1984 pray during a mass in a former military base in Comalapa. November 2, 2004.

Lesson Plan Questions: 

• What do you notice about the way the picture is framed? Why do you think the photographer did not include the faces of the relatives?

• Study the picture closely. What clues does it contain about the identities of the relatives?

• Notice the bright colors in the photograph. Among the flowers are black-and-white images of victims of the violence. Together, what story do these elements tell?

• What role do rituals such as prayer, the creation of collective altars for lost loved ones, and the holding of community gatherings play in the aftermath of violence and genocide?

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