Guatemala, La Vida No Vale Nada, March 2012. A 17-year-old young woman was shot and killed by a friend's abusive husband after she advised her to leave him, in a gang-controlled neighborhood in Villa Nueva, just outside Guatemala City, on Friday, March 23, 2012. Guatemala faces a 98% impunity according to the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. According to the National Civil Police, 695 women were killed in 2010 and 631 in 2011. The 36-years of civil war left a brutal legacy of violence against women on the social fabric of this indigenous country. While today there is no official war, Guatemalan women live in a culture of violence that includes gangs, drug trafficking, machismo and domestic abuse. USA.
Guatemala, La Vida No Vale Nada, November 2012. Guatemalans celebrate Dia de los Muertos by flying colorful kites to scare off bad spirits so that the dead can enjoy offerings by the families, in Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. Guatemala faces a 98% impunity according to the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Although the homicide rate dropped from 6000 in 2010 to 5618, it is still twice as high then Mexico. Many Guatemalans seek solace from violence in religion. USA.