Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Guatemalan war orphans were sold, records show

Several children listed as missing during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war were sold in illegal adoptions, the country's social welfare agency records revealed.

The director of the government's Peace Archive, Marco Tulio Alvarez, told a press conference in Guatemala City on Monday that during the analysis the archive, officials found a series of irregularities that prove the disappearance of children between 1986 and 1987.

"In the analysis carried out, patterns of activity can be established that show the ease with which the adoption procedures were handled to hide the violation of rights of Guatemalan children through forced disappearance," he said.

Alvarez did not rule out that members of Guatemala's police and armed forces could be implicated in the selling of the children.

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