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A corruption scandal bilked the impoverished nation millions of dollars and inspired thousands of middle-class Guatemalans to take to the streets and demand change.
Julia Esquivel, internationally known poet and longtime activist, lives quietly in a pleasant home in the heart of Guatemala's capital.
At first, it all seemed rather simple and straightforward when Dennis Smith decided to head to Guatemala as a lay missioner.
Guatemala's highest court has annulled the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity, which had been seen as historic.