The psychosocial effects of ‘La Violencia’ on widows of El Quiché, Guatemala
This article explores the psychosocial effects of war on Maya Indian widows in villages in Guatemala’s El Quiche province. For three years the Government sponsored terrorism as part of a 30-year civil war in Guatemala. Zur examines the different forms of violence the women face, their changing roles and increasing politicisation, and how pre-existing community tensions are exacerbated by the violence. She concludes that the greatest psychological harm done to the women is a constant sense of fear.
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