For Guatemala Adult Adoptees taken during the Civil War

I posted this in a response, but felt that this information NEEDS to be available to all adult adoptees taken from their families and sold into ICA during Guatemala's Civil War (1960-1996):

To date, over 500 adult adoptees have been reunited with their families in Guatemala. For ANY adult adoptee adopted during these years the contact organization in Guatemala for reunification is:

-there are organizations assisting adult adoptees seeking their biofamilies and/or the truths surrounding their adoption:

This is the organization in Guatemala reuniting families separated by the Civil War and who work with the Red Cross is

"Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo":

There is also, "Todos por el Reencuentro", they are part of the League of Mental Hygiene in Guatemala (Liga Guatemalteca de Higiene Mental). Here is the contact link:

Also the Red Cross/Red Crescent has a branch serving reunification of families separated by war:

Here is a story about reunification in Guatemala:

Niñez desaparecida en Guatemala: una tarea inconclusa - swissinfo - [ Translate this page ]
6 Jul 2010 ... En casa quedan las organizaciones empeñadas en seguir buscando. ... Con el paso de los años unas 500 familias comprometidas en la búsqueda se han ... La guerra civilde 36 años comenzó en 1960 con movimientos de insurgencia ... Los cuatro gruposguerrilleros de izquierda formaron en 1982 la Unidad ... inconclusa.html?... -Cached


"Discovering Dominga"

There is a documentary about this called "Discovering Dominga", she was a 9 year old girl whose parents were murdered, she was placed in an orphanage and adopted to the US. As an adult she remembered the war and searched out her family, who were looking for her and never forgot her.

Mother and son separated by War in Guatemala find each other

Here is a google translation of one adoptee reuniting with biofamily story:

Mother and son separated by war in Guatemala 29 years after embrace

GUATEMALA (AFP) .- When he was three months old, Ángel Aníbal Velásquez was separated from his family in a military raid that destroyed his village during the Guatemalan civil war (1960-1996), but although they all took refuge in Mexico, was reunited with his mother 29 years later.

Velasquez and his mother, Juana Third, embraced in the midst of tears and cameras on Friday after they split in 1982 into a mountain in northern Guatemala, where they had fled for their lives.

The mother recounted that during the lost three children escape in the mountains. The encounter with Hannibal gave a double satisfaction because he finally learned that his daughter Gloria Angelica also lives in the same Mexican village that his brother, but nobody knows what happened to the other child.

When Hannibal and Gloria were lost in the jungle region of Ixcán, after escaping from their village Pueblo Nuevo, about 350 km north of the capital, near the border with Mexico, were rescued by Candelaria Velasquez, sister of his father, Juan , who died three years ago in Guatemala.

Separately, families took refuge in Mexico. Gloria Angélica Hannibal in the state of Campeche, while his father, mother and other siblings in the State of Quintana Roo.

After the war in Guatemala ended in December 1996, the parents returned home to rebuild their lives with the help of a repatriation program pushed by the UN. However, Hannibal and his sister agreed to return to the nation of their birth, but they did not know.

Hannibal, who this month will become a father, says that she is Mexican because of "all my life I've lived there, but told AFP that no Mexican identity.

"This is my first visit to Guatemala," he said.
"For I am Mexican, but Guatemalan blood, so I'm not 100% Mexican. Now I divided it into two because I want to live in Mexico and I know my mom is in Guatemala," he added.

On the events that led to this long separation, he chose not to delve even said that "if I had them in front (the military) would kill them, would take away the head, but I do not want more hate. God will tell whether or not to forgive."

"Because of them never knew my dad, now I have died and I'm angry because I knew not," he lamented.

The meeting between mother and son was held in the courtyard of the headquarters of the human rights organization that brought about the reunion, the Mutual Support Group, with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The war in Guatemala lasted 36 years, leaving 200,000 dead or missing and 50,000 refugees in Mexico, according to a UN report submitted in 1999.
The UN blamed for 93% of the deaths on state forces, 3% for the former guerrillas and the rest could not say.

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