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What Happened At Dos Erres?

A discussion of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala in December 1982, the lives of a father and son who survived the massacre, and the remarkable events that re-united them 30-years later.



Óscar Ramírez

A 32-year-old Guatemalan living in Framingham, MA, who recently learned he is a survivor of the Dos Erres massacre, having been kidnapped as a 3-year-old boy by one of the Guatemalan soldiers who murdered his mother and eight siblings. Last August, it was established by a DNA test that Óscar is the biological son of Tranquilino Castañeda Valenzuela, a resident of Dos Erres who was away the day of the massacre working in the fields of a relative.

Tranquilino Castañeda Valenzuela

Óscar's father, who until last August believed his wife and all nine of his children were murdered by the Guatemalan army in the massacre.

Fredy Peccerelli

Director of the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG).

Aura Elena Farfán

Director of Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos de Guatemala (FAMDEGUA).

Kate Doyle

Senior Analyst with the National Security Archive an independent non-governmental research institute and library at George Washington University.

Scott Greathead

Lawyer and human rights advocate.

moderated by

Charlie Clements

Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

co-sponsored by:
  • WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America)
  • FAFG (Fundacion de Antropologia Forense de Guatemala)
  • FAMDEGUA (Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos de Guatemala)
  • CJA (The Center For Justice and Accountability)
  • NSA (National Security Archive)
  • PHR (Physicians for Human rights)
  • UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee)

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