The Mayan Genocide happened in Guatemala, which is in Central America right below Mexico in 1982. It was caused by the idea that the mayan indians in Guatemala, were working toward a communist movement. Because of this, the Guatemalan government started a campaign against them. The president Gen. Rios Montt, threatened them saying that if they were not on his side then they would not have enough food and they would be killed. After the children and young women were separated from the rest, the slaughter bega. They started with the old people and not only people but they also destroyed their houses. All this suffering is the cause of why, it has been so hard to recover from the physical and moral devastation that now, doesn’t allow them to have full peace and reconciliation.