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|“Their truth is our truth” Women in solidarity with survivors giving testimony on sexual violence|
|“Justice”: Victims’ quilt from Alta Verapaz hung outside the courtroom|
|“We are all Ixiles”: Theatre performance on steps of courthouse|
They raped many women. My aunt was near my house, they wanted to rape her and she said, I don’t want you to do what you’re going to do to me, I’d rather you kill me. So they killed her and her three children.
“I only want to ask the court for justice. I don’t want my children to suffer.”
“I want justice.”
“What I’m asking for is justice.”
“I’m glad to be here testifying today, that the law is with us today. If justice is done, I thank you.”
Where am I going to file a complaint? There was no justice, where was I going to go? We were threatened by the military.
The soldiers trapped the people. I went with my mother, we went walking because we had nothing, our house and clothes had been burned. We didn’t have food. We walked and went little by little. We went because they had burned our things and we didn’t have food. We ate wild herbs, like Santa Catarina. I’m alive thanks to those plants.He grabbed me and stabbed me and I have the scars still. I’m here to testify because I suffered, I was raped. For 3 nights I was there, I was raped. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t walk. They hit me as if I was a ball. That’s what hurts me, they made me suffer. They covered my son’s mouth. My son had blood coming out of his nose, his mouth, his eyes. My son died. He raped me and then stabbed me and I still have the scars. Then he left me with his companeros. I recuperated. Then I had to prepare their food. I didn’t eat with them because I was scared.That’s why I’m here to testify, I didn’t come here to lie. I haven’t done anything. This is what pains me. Maybe it will help me to come testify here, because here I am venting, I am getting it all out. I’m here to testify so that this doesn’t happen again because it pains us women. There were many soldiers, they raped me, I couldn’t move anymore. I was there for a long time with them and they went to kill a man. They asked me if the man was my compañero. He didn’t have a tongue anymore, they’d cut him. They put the man in front of me and asked if I knew them. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know what they were saying.
We honor the voices and words of these women, who have courageously shared these testimonies, and women survivors of sexual violence throughout the world.