We are awakened very early in the morning by the sounds of roosters, dogs barking and the loud buses picking up men going to work for the day. Although we are staying with different families, the wake up call was the same.
After we were treated to a good hearty breakfast from our host families, we gathered at one of the local schools, and elementary school in Labor de Falla. The principal, teachers and students made us feel so welcomed, and thanked us many times for the work that Breaking the Silence has done over the years, as well as our presence there today. At the school there is a principal, 6 teachers and 120 students.
They began by having us carry our Canadian flag to the stage while they carried the Guatemalan flag, all the while playing their National Anthem. This was followed by many dances, preformed by the students and one of the teachers and some exchanges of gifts.
The women in the community also prepared a wonderful meal for us, and there was lots of time spent with the teachers and students. Shortly after lunch, we headed back to Guatemala City to our home away from home (Casa San Jose).
In the evening, we were very fortunate to have a visit from Guillermo who works as an anthropologist and archaeologist, and who was one of the witnesses in the genocide trial held in March of 2013 against Rios Montt. He was one of the people responsible for exhuming bones from the graves as well as cleaning and analyzing the bones to be used as evidence in the trial (ed. note, Guillermo previously worked for the FAFG). He continues this work as there are still many missing bodies to be recovered. His talk was very insightful and I feel it is a good introduction for the days to follow.