In this May 22, 2013 photo, an Ixil Mayan boy carrying fire wood poses for a photo in Chajul, Guatemala. Forgotten by the state for centuries, the Ixil have recently come under the spot

 

              In this May 22, 2013 photo, an Ixil Mayan boy carrying fire wood poses for a photo in Chajul, Guatemala. Forgotten by the state for centuries, the Ixil have recently come under the spot
In this May 22, 2013 photo, an Ixil Mayan boy carrying fire wood poses for a photo in Chajul, Guatemala. Forgotten by the state for centuries, the Ixil have recently come under the spotlight after a court found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide for the ruthless scorched-earth policies used during his 17-month-long regime against the Ixil. The sentence was later overturned by a higher court. Bereft of basic services like education, health, access to clean water and sanitation, the Ixil people carry on as they have done for generations, mainly focused on surviving in very adverse conditions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)