Rigoberta Menchú - Research Article from Activists, Rebels and Reformers

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Born 1959
Chimel, El Quiché, Guatemala

Human rights activist and author

Rigoberta Menchú. Reproduced by permission of AP/Wide World Photos.

Rigoberta Menchú is a dedicated advocate for the human rights of indigenous (native) peoples of Latin America. Born to a peasant Mayan Indian family in the highlands of Guatemala, Menchú’s childhood was marred by poverty and military-inflicted violence. She joined the movement for social justice and worked for change until driven from the country by death threats. After her exile to Mexico, Menchú continued her efforts for human rights.

In her 1983 autobiography, I, Rigoberta Menchú, Menchú brought the story of the suffering of indigenous Guatemalans to the world. In 1992 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Childhood of poverty

Rigoberta Menchú was born in 1959 in the village of Chimel, in the remote highlands of the El Quiché province in Guatemala. Her family belonged to...

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