Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Funeral of Julio Leonidas Martinez Pinto.
This afternoon we watched from our boat as the coffin of Leonadis rested under our bow. Waiting for the marina pontoon boat to transport it, and the mourners, to his final resting place.
A sad and moving sight.Family and friends gathered to accompany the cortege upriver in a fleet of lanchas. Small children held firmly by the hand as they clambered aboard the boats and the quiet was rent by one child's cry.
The violence that under pins this country of Guatemala forces a refection that is so deep that at times it can be unbearable.