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Story Publication logo November 19, 2019

Remembering the Dead: Guatemala

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Gilberto Gomez-Gonzales hugs his youngest daughter during a visit to the cemetery where his eldest daughter, Claudia Gomez-Gonzalez, was laid to rest after she was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in May and repatriated to her hometown of San Juan, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Image by Kristian Hernandez. Guatemala, 2018.
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Thousands of families in Central America live in wonder over what became of their loved ones who...

Cemeteries in Central America, such as El Calvario in Quetzaltenanago, Guatemala, come to life when families decorate the graves of their loved ones with candles, fresh cut grass and flowers. For two days they pray, eat, and remember their ancestors in honor of Day of the Dead. Yet thousands of migrants who have died as they try to immigrate to the U.S. have not been laid to rest. They have yet to be returned to their families.

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