The disappeared of Guatemala: a family’s search for their murdered son | Nina Lakhani

Convictions for ex-military officers over the forced disappearance of 14-year-old Marco Antonio Molina Theissen are bittersweet for relatives desperate to know where he is buried

As the court delivered the damning verdict convicting powerful ex-military officers of crimes against humanity, sexual violence and the forced disappearance of 14-year-old Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, his three older sisters and mother clung to each other and wept.

It’s almost 37 years since the schoolboy was bundled into a sack by officers after they had ransacked the family home looking for his sister, Emma Guadalupe, who had managed to escape a military torture chamber.

What I hope is that one day one person who saw what they did and where they buried my son comes forward

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