What Prize Awaits Us: Letters from Guatemala

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This book is more than a collection of letters; it is a statement of purpose tempered by courage and admiration for the Indian peoples of Guatemala. The author is a Catholic nun who lived and worked in the Guatemalan village of San Jeronimo from 1977 to 1983. During this time she wrote a number of letters to her parents and to another nun, all living in the United States. She tells about the hardships of living in a remote village, the persecution that native Indians are subjected to by the Guatemalan military, the government, and various right-wing elements. Although most of the people in Guatemala are Catholic, the Church is seen by the government as harboring or supporting leftist "subversives"; hence, many priests are subject to assassination and the Church itself is the target of persecution. The message and content are similar to Don't Be Aftaid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, translated and edited by Medea Benjamin (San Francisco: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1987). This is a personal tale, strongly anecdotal, and many of the charges result from second- or third-hand information. The message, however, has been repeated sufficiently so that Sister Bernice's contribution adds to the overall credibility. Recommended for a general reading audience and a public library. -- From Independent Publisher

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