‘Guatemala means ‘Place of many trees’, but amongst the foliage are hidden the murderers, rapists and criminals. This country, known for the gentleness of its inhabitants, is home to hyenas. You count fifteen murders daily and the rapes multiply.’
The Mexican writer, Laura Esquivel (Como Agua para Chocolate), completed a series of articles for El País and Médicos sin Fronteras, entitled Testigo del Horror, in which writers have written about forgotten conflicts.
The writer meets women and girls, some very young (much too young to experience what happened to them), and tries to get an understanding about the effect on Guatemala’s future through its current collective assault on its women and young girls.
The title could be translated as Bastards’ Paradise.
You can read it here, in Spanish.