Guatemala’s Struggle and the Civil War in the Early 1980s - In Black & White

Photography for TIME Magazine covering Guatemala’s civil war and genocide from the years 1981-84. In the 36-year domestic armed conflict, an estimated 200,000 people were killed, up to 45,000 civilians were forcibly disappeared, and 1 million people were internally displaced or fled the country. Guatemala's Historical Clarification Commission determined 93 percent of the violence was perpetuated by the state, with 83 percent of the victims indigenous Maya civilians.

While a majority of internally displaced people (IDP) returned to their homes shortly after they fled, a large number of IDPs remained displaced throughout Guatemala, with many emigrating to the United States to seek asylum and work.