Guatemala. A country of striking features with its mountainous, heavily forested landscape. Dotted with Mayan ruins, lakes, volcanoes, orchids and exotic birds, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. Guatemala’s natural beauty and powerful identity stand in stark contrast to its bloody past and troubled present.

With the articles and news feeds, I had tapped into the mind of Guatemala to discover the past events which gave the media a great spill of words to write about. The Guatemala Genocide, which led to innocent Mayan Indian villagers – women, children and the list goes on – killed by the Guatemalan government and its special force (members would identify them as “killing machines” ). Today many others like myself question about the genocide and the result of it. In my opinion and all the other news feeds like BBC News, this event had made Guatemala a stronger country, even with its horrible past and struggles with poverty. I can’t wait for what Guatemala will bring to my eyes and mind because I want to see and think more outside the box and with Guatemala’s past and present, I hope I will be able to see a great future from Guatemala and its people.

– Ciara Brown