Forensic science in search of the ‘disappeared’

“During Guatemala’s internal armed conflict (1960-1996) almost 200,000 people are thought to have been killed or ‘disappeared’ at the hands of repressive and violent regimes. Those lives matter. Their families’ demands are clear: they want to know what happened to their loved ones and they want their remains returned. They need truth and justice.”

“Using forensic sciences, the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) is assisting families by returning their loved ones’ remains, promoting justice, and setting the historical record straight.”

“The FAFG team applies techniques drawn from criminology, forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, forensic genetics and social anthropology in a multidisciplinary human identification system.”

Fredy Peccerelli is a forensic anthropologist and Director of the FAFG and you can read his full article here in SciDevNet. It was also published on the South-South News website here.

You can read more posts regarding the work of FAFG on our website here.

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