This man was 5 years old when the US-trained forces slaughtered every single one of his family members. His parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were all wiped out in a massacre in Dos Erres, Guatemala.
In fact, only four people from his town survived the massacre. Two other boys, and a man who was out of town when the soldiers came. Yes. They wiped out an entire village.
In the midst of the cold war, Guatemalan President, Efraín Ríos Montt, ordered the military to smoke out everyone who may have harbored the leftist group FAR. On December 6, 1982, the 20 people from the army came, with American-supplied weapons, trained in a US base, set up a perimeter outside this village. Everyone was forbidden to go in and out of this village.
40 more soldiers, once again, trained, funded and armed by the US came into the village. These soldiers claimed that FAR had stolen weapons and they wanted to fully search the village. After a thorough search, the soldiers found zero weapons in the village. The villagers were unarmed and defenseless. Taking advantage of this,
These soldiers searched the village and found 0 weapons. These villagers were completely unarmed. At this point, the villagers were all separated and confused. At this point, the soldiers were ordered to "vaccinate" the villagers.
They forced all the men of the village (except one who was out of town) into a school house. They forced all the women and children into two churches. The next part is so supremely evil, one of the former soldiers confesses that infants were killed first by smashing their head with a sledgehammer. And According to Guatemala's Truth commission report
Some of the specialists raped young girls. Then the soldiers for two days killed most of the men and women with sledgehammers and firearms and threw their bodies into the well. The few left alive were held in the churches and the school. On the nights of December 7 and 8, the men who were still alive were taken to the mountain, where their throats were slit, killing the last of the inhabitants, except for one boy who had hid in the bushes and managed to save himself.
If you think the US Government was unaware, well here is a diplomatic cable to prove that they fully knew what was going on.
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