When Flor was 7 years old, she watched her father get brutally murdered and her mother raped during what a Guatemalan judge recently ruled was a genocide of indigenous Mayans by that country’s military.
“That image stayed with me. And every time I think of it I feel a great pain here,” said the 45-year-old K’iche Maya woman, pointing to her chest. “I’m scared to go back.”
The horrors she saw as a child and the lack of opportunity she found as an adult led Flor to flee to the United States in 2004.