The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans who were killed 32 years ago during the height of Guatemala’s civil war have been laid to rest in the country’s western highlands.
Dozens of neighbors accompanied the small wooden boxes containing the remains of the victims in a procession Wednesday to a cemetery in the village of Xecax.
Forensic experts first exhumed the bodies four years ago and since have identified eight of the victims through DNA tests. The bodies of those identified were returned to their relatives’ homes in the village for a traditional memorial service before the burial.
The 23 others were honored during a wake held Tuesday night at the offices of a victims’ rights group in the nearby town of Santa Maria Nebaj.