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Guatemalan Refugees Return Home 24 Years After Fleeing Civil War


A group of about 150 Guatemalan refugees has returned home, more than two decades after fleeing the civil war then tearing up their country.

The group arrived in Guatemala from Bolivia Sunday. Most had fled to neighboring Honduras in 1981. United Nations officials later sent them to Bolivia for their safety.

About 200,000 people died in Guatemala's civil war from 1960 to 1996. Tens of thousands were displaced by the fighting.

The Guatemalan government had long discussed helping refugees return home, but it did not take action until Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed support for the repatriation in 2005.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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