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2006-07-28 21:46:24

By Mica Rosenberg SANTIAGO ATITLAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - On the 25th anniversary of his killing by a Guatemalan death squad, an American priest was honored on Friday by hundreds of Mayan Indians at the church where his heart and intestines are buried. The Rev. Stanley Rother, who is being considered for sainthood, worked for 13 years with the poor in Santiago Atitlan, a town popular with foreign tourists, about three hours from Guatemala City. Priests and nuns who worked with...

2005-10-11 06:41:13

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 23:50:05

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 15:09:10

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried in a huge mudslide in Guatemala even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. A fisherman in a dugout canoe found a dead 3-month-old boy in nearby Lake Atitlan. The baby apparently was swept into the water by the landslide that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago after heavy rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-09 20:19:55

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The village was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-09 17:15:09

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought coats and clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The town was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after heavy rains from...

2005-10-09 14:40:43

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers with hand tools struggled on Sunday to find the remains of up to 1,400 Maya Indians killed by a landslide in a Guatemalan village that was likely to be left as a muddy mass grave. A small group of firefighters poked long poles into the brown mud that blanketed Panabaj in search of victims but feared sinking into the quagmire themselves. "It is very difficult. Most of the people are where the mud is thickest and we haven't...

2005-10-09 12:54:54

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers in a Guatemalan village struggled on Sunday to find the remains of up to 1,400 Maya Indians killed in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan while officials considered whether to declare the village a mass grave. A small group of firefighters poked long poles into the brown mud that blanketed the village of Panabaj Sunday in search of victims but feared sinking into the quagmire themselves. "It is very difficult. Most of...

2005-10-08 18:15:43

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - About 1,400 Guatemalan villagers were feared dead on Saturday under a huge mudslide triggered by rains from Hurricane Stan, in one of Latin America's biggest tragedies of recent years. Fire department spokesman Mario Cruz said some 1,400 people had disappeared after the fatal quagmire of mud, rock and trees crashed down a volcano's slopes and into the Maya Indian village of Panabaj in the early hours of Wednesday. "There are no...

2005-10-08 14:58:12

In October 7 GUATEMALA CITY story headlined "Mudslide destroys Guatemala village, scores dead ," please read in ninth paragraph ... Diego Esquina, the mayor of Santiago Atitlan ... instead of ... Diego Esquina, the mayor of Solola, a town 10 miles across the lake from Panabaj By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled 71 bodies from a mudslide in a Guatemalan village, and local officials feared hundreds more may have died in the worst single tragedy from...