Although a peace agreement was signed in 1996, corruption is still rife and the conflict continues to affect the families whose members were assassinated, disappeared, or are buried in unmarked graves.
In 2007, Y Care International supported projects in Amititlan in southern Guatemala to help young people advocate for peace in their community. Three years later Guatemala YMCA joined us as a partner on our ‘Youth Justice in Action’ Campaign.
Today we support a sports and arts project which reaches young people in schools and communities and teaches young people how to reduce conflict without using violence or joining gangs. We help educate young people on drug use and support those facing violence to find ways out of it and to be heard. We also help young people influence people in power to improve their rights.
Indigenous peoples who suffered the most in the internal conflict struggle to access services and are frequently discriminated against and excluded in their communities. Young people also face constant stigma and discrimination from the local and national media.