Peace in Guatemala, 1996

After thirty-six long years of brutal and bloody civil war, the nation of Guatemala was finally able to declare peace on December 29, 1996.  The civil war was part of a larger global power struggle for resources and for political influence, and the US-based United Fruit Company and the CIA supported different factions throughout the decades of conflict.  Over 200,000 people in this small nation died during the conflict, and tens of thousands disappeared into the cold anonymity of mass graves.  The peace accord was negotiated with the support of the United Nations and foreign governments such as Spain, Norway, and Costa Rica.  (Image by NBCNews.com)