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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