RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM

As a young indigenous woman who grew up in the Quiche branch of the Mayan culture, Rigoberta Menchu Tum was involved in social work through the Catholic Church in Guatemala. Her family members were killed by security forces and she joined the Committee of the Peasant Union. She worked internationally to help her Mayan people resist the military oppression and support Indigenous People’s rights during the brutal Civil War, which she fled in 1981. Many books and films have been made documenting these struggles between 1983 and 1999. Rigoberta Menchu Tumwon the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

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