In the extraordinary moments following the historic verdict of guilty in the trial of former Guatemalan president Efraín Ríos Montt, a song broke out among those crowded inside the courthouse, with lyrics taken from a poem by Otto Rene Castillo:
“Here, no one cried / Here, we only want to be human / Eat, laugh, fall in love, live / Live life, not die.”
Though unable to find the mother text for these particular lines, we came across another poem (with translation below) while searching:
We also came across this stunning passage from the 1982 testimonial I, Rigoberta Menchú, written by the brave Mayan woman (and 1992 Nobel laureate) who suffered much during the time of the genocidal campaign executed by Ríos Montt and many others; a woman far ahead of her time, yet one who labored tirelessly against reprisals, cover-ups, redactions, distortions of official history and false reconciliation.
May those very same angels watch over all the witnesses who came forward to testify against the genocidal regime, in the months and years to come.