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A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence

The survivor

After Ramiro Cristales survived a massacre in Guatemala nearly 40 years ago, he eventually embarked on a long quest for justice. It took him to a secret life in Canada and back to Guatemala. Now, The Fifth Estate finds, that lifelong pursuit is at risk of unravelling.

Warning: This story contains disturbing content.

Ramiro Cristales felt a sharp pain as the machete sliced through his fingers, a cut that was meant for his neck but still drew a mess of blood. As he sprinted away screaming, he heard two gunshots follow. Both missed him.

Cristales remembers he was about 14, overworked, underfed and painfully thin — and all he wanted when he arrived home a little earlier than usual that night was something to eat.

The man Cristal… Continue Reading (20 minute read)

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