July 2, 2004
Guatemala's Long-Persecuted Majority Gets a College of Its OwnAn army barracks turned campus has become a symbol of hope for the Maya, but poverty and ignorance still impede learning
Rows of metal army barracks cling to the mist-shrouded hillside above this Guatemalan farming town, a grim reminder of the 36-year civil war during which hundreds of thousands of Maya were systematically exterminated or forced into exile.
The rusted-out buildings are all that remain of Military Base No. 14. Once the much-feared headquarters of army operations