Rigoberta Menchú Tum

After losing her mother and brother to Guatemalan death squads in the late 1970s and her father to a fire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Quichè Mayan Indian, followed in her father's footsteps in protesting human rights abuses against Guatemala's indigenous peasants by the country's repressive military government. In
1981, Menchú fled to Mexico and joined the international fight to stop the brutal repression of Guatemalan Indian peasants. A leading proponent of indigenous people's rights everywhere, Menchú Tum is the author of I Rigoberta Menchú and the
recipient of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for her work toward reconciliation.


Resources for Teachers and Students

Reflections on Working Towards Peace