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Guatemala: Grappling with a Legacy of Violence
Efrain Rios Montt ruled Guatemala from 1982 to 1983 as its first Evangelical Christian President. During his short time in office, thousands of  indigenous Mayans were killed as part of that country's civil war against guerillas and their supporters. Today, Guatemala is still trying to make sense of it all. This week we ask, what role did religion play in the conflict? And what role is religion playing today as the country tries to move forward?  

Pictured: Marta Gallegos, a victim of violence during Guatemala's decades-long civil war. Photo by Ben Parker.

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, professor of in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Robert Brenneman, assistant professor of sociology at St. Michael's College