In addition to refining our key definitions, For the Love of Missions reflected on all that we learned about Guatemala in general and the zone 3 garbage dump community, in particular. We start with the Historical Context that affects every part of the country. Guatemala continues to recover from an armed internal conflict (civil war) that lasted 36 years and resulted in an estimated 250,000 deaths.
The United States government heavily influenced the course of the civil war in order to protect U.S. economic and political interests in Guatemala. This negative involvement damaged trust toward the U.S. and between Guatemalans. The military regimes in power during the civil war left little room for disagreement or differences of opinion creating a culture of silence and mistrust which continues today.
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