The Discovery Of The Guatemalan Archives

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The latter part of this course, we read Kristen Weld’s book Paper Cadavers. This book captured the importance of the discovery of the Guatemalan archives. An intense amount of work was put into recovering approximately 80 million documents from the government after decades of internal warfare. This reconstruction of public memory was extremely important for those involved in recovering and sifting through the documents, the families and friends who lost people during the civil war, to Guatemala and the discovery also held significance international (Weld). A few years later in March of 2008 files were seized by the Colombian Armed Forced during a raid. These archives belonged to the insurgent group called The Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia People’s Army or FARC. The files belonged personally to “Raul Reyes” (a leader of FARC) who was killed during the raid along with 24 other insurgent members (Walser). This led to some controversy about the files later on. The Colombian Armed Forces handed over the archives to Interpol, so they could be decoded and analyzed. These two sets of documents are different discoveries of public memory that impacted lives as public memory was reconstructed. They exposed human rights violations through their (re)discovery and release to the public. The files taken from FARC were handed straight to Interpol for forensic investigation. In total there were eight computers that were seized. Interpol found that none of the documents recovered

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