Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico/Guatemalan Refugees In Mexico


  • Hubert Campfens
  • Jeremy Adelman



Mexico, Guatemalan Refugees, Chiapas, Guerrillas, COMAR


A squadron of five helicopters swooped down over the sleepy village, awakening the population with a
barrage of gun fire and killing several villagers who were out in the open and unable to find shelter. A few days • later, a troop of some hundred soldiers surrounded the area making escape impossible. They closed in and demanded a village assembly in the main square. The officer told the villagers that they
had 15 days to "repent their sins" and admit their support of the guerrilla movement. The officer expected the villagers to come forward with names of people who were guerrilla members, or families who harboured and fed them. If they didn't, they would witness a far greater retribution than they had experienced a few days before. Stories of military atrocities carried out in other villages, and this particular experience, were enough to have the Perez family and some 50 others pack up their meager
belongings and start their long trek through the Guatemala forest into Mexico.


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How to Cite

Campfens, H., & Adelman, J. (1983). Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico/Guatemalan Refugees In Mexico. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 3(2), 7–11.



Special Section: Refugees in Central America

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