To Save Her Life: Disappearance, Deliverance, and the United by Dan Saxon

By Dan Saxon

Part human rights drama, half political mystery, half love tale, this riveting narrative chronicles the disappearance of 1 girl because it tells the bigger tale of the earlier fifty years of violence and fight for social justice and democracy, and U.S. intervention in Guatemala. Maritza Urrutia used to be kidnapped from a middle-class local whereas taking her son to varsity in 1992. To store Her lifestyles tells the tale of her ordeal which integrated being interrogated in mystery by way of military intelligence officials approximately her actions as a part of a political competition crew. Chained to a mattress, blindfolded, and disadvantaged of sleep, Maritza used to be finally spared simply because her kin was once capable of touch influential intermediaries, together with writer Dan Saxon, who used to be in Guatemala operating for the Catholic Church's Human Rights workplace. right here Saxon brings to lifestyles the internet of gamers who accomplished her unlock: the Church, the U.S. country division, the U.S. Congress, various NGOs, guerrilla teams, politicians, scholars, and the media. attaining again to 1954, while Maritza's grandparents have been activists, the e-book is a learn of the complicated and sometimes merciless politics of human rights, and its issues reverberate from Guatemala to Guantánamo to Iraq.

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The Guatemalan courts should prosecute these criminals. Dulles recommended that the junta limit its arrests to “hard core commies and sympathizers against whom criminal charges can be legally and clearly drawn. ”69 18 / THE DISAPPEARANCE Colonel Castillo Armas was no stranger to exile, and he once benefited from the Latin American custom that embassy asylum and safe conduct passes were fair resolutions to political conflicts. S. government. 70 Che Guevara never went to Argentina. 71 In their first months in Buenos Aires, the Urrutia family was well treated by Juan Perón’s right-wing government.

Don Chando and his men had investigated Maritza for about a month before they “disappeared” her. , small groups of men would leave the Island and head across the city to Maritza’s home and Sebastián’s nursery school, from where they could easily follow her movements and observe her contacts. Once they were sure of Maritza’s daily routine, members of the technical intelligence unit became involved. These soldiers secretly photographed Maritza and her family outside their home, using vehicles or hot dog stands as cover.

41 Although she never studied beyond the third grade, Ester founded a number of literacy and civic education centers where adults and children came to learn to read and write. Most of these centers were established in the markets where groups of volunteers would come to educate the women vendors. But Ester even set one up in her family’s home in zone eight of Guatemala City. 43 In pursuit of his dream to transform Guatemala, Jacobo Árbenz implemented the first agrarian reform program in Guatemala since 1524, when the ruthless Pedro de Alvarado subjugated what is today Central America on behalf of the Spanish Crown.

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