Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bloggers Chapines

Guatemala's first blogger reunion took place last Friday.

The day before, the Guatemalan government announced that at long last it would create an investigative body to look into the disappearances of around 45,000 civilians during the Civil war. "Uncertainty is a kind of permanent torture for the survivors," noted Frank LaRue, presidential human rights chief.

If the plan is approved by congress a national registry of victims could be established and who knows, there may even be some prosecutions.

I read the other day that crime fiction author (and originator of Bones) Kathy Reichs, by trade a forensic anthropologist, has fictionalised her experiences of examining human remains extracted from mass graves in Guatemala as Grave Secrets.

The rainy season has started in earnest over there, prompting a degree of hand-wringing about the unfinished state of works aimed at repairing the damage from last year's winter. 8000 families left homeless by Stan have yet to be relocated.

1 comment:

scott said...

For what it's worth, I read Grave Secrets over the weekend...if for no other reason than I'm a sucker for books set in locations I know. It's one of the worst books I've ever read, and that includes a lot of cheesy crime fiction...! The genocide angle is completely trivialized as a frame for a ludicrous Guatemalan-doctors-trying-to-corner-on-the-stem-cell-black-market (I am not making this up), and even the setting is bland...how do you make Guatemala look bland? I realize she was there, but the local descriptions might be of Kansas for all the specificity she gives it. I have no problem with meaningless entertainment, but don't hang it on something like true mass killings....