The second day in Guatemala kicked off with guest speaker Professor Victor, who spoke about the history of Guatemala’s guerrilla wars and about the unspoken harsh occurrences during those wars. He explained the development of the revolution and its main organizations. Further, the day continued with a visit to ‘’Hijos’’, and organization that works to find missing peoples from the war, on revealing the truths about the Guatemalan army, and on reclaiming land that rightfully belongs to the people.
Both visits provided different messages. Victor was more scholarly and based less on experience, evident by his final message of ‘’we should just forgive, forget, and move in a progressive direction’’. On the other hand, Flor (a leader of Hijos), explained that Hijos does not forgive and forget, because it is a notion constructed by the powerful for their benefit. Further, she also argued that forgiving and forgetting such atrocities is impossible – anyone who has suffered what they have will always have the inability o forgive and forget. Thus, Flor’s words seemed more from experience and real. Her mottos and viewpoints were more emotional than intellectual, more from experience rather than research. Overall, the visit to Hijos seemed to be more of an interaction with real people of the suffering Guatemala, whereas Victor’s talk, as interesting as it was, came of as a typical college class lecture.