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January15,1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 19 War widows Civil war violence forces Guatemalan widows into m0000rketplace the villager said. Using a bullhorn, the soldiers called the men outside, then killed them, he said. Today there are an estimated 200,000 widows and orphans in Guatemala, a nation where from 1980 to 1986 the Guatemalan military's counterinsurgency campaign against rebels of the Guatemalan National Revolu- tionary Unity left 60,000 people either dead or missing. Another 50,000 refugees -- mostly In- dians from the highland region -- fled to Mexico. As the villager told their story, the widows of Chipiacul, who wore brilliantly colored native dress, sat silent, their faces expressionless. The sole source of income for their families after the killings, the women are now studying ways, with the help of Catholic Relief Services funds, to market the intricately patterned blouses or "huipiles" their mothers and grandmothers taught ihem to weave by cross- ing brightly colored red, orange, pink and green threads on a simple backstrap loom. With the aid from CRS -- the U.S. bishops' overseas develop- ment and relief agency -- and the assistance of a Guatemalan- run cooperative, the women are also learning animal husbandry and agricultural production techniques. Located in the department of Chimaltenango, Chipiacul is populated by Kackchiquel In- dians of Mayan descent who speak primarily their native language. CURRENTLY 220 area women, including the widows of Chipiacul, are participants in loan and training programs pro- vided by CRS through the Chimaltenango-based Kato-Ki Cooperative. According to the Guatemalan National Statistics Bureau, life expectancy for "adults in the area is 45 years, compared to Guatemala's 59.1 year average lifespan. Medical services are available to only 14.7 percent of the area's population. "Our main objective is to try to better the economic and social well-being of our members and to promote the habit of saving," said Carlos Enrique Simon, director of the cooperative's project to assist widows. "As a result of the violence, suddenly we found our members were disappearing. Only their widows were left," said Simon. Cooperative membership has dropped from 7,000 to 4,000 since 1980, primarily due to the deaths of participants, according to a CRS report. "The widows came to us and asked us what the cooperative could do for them.., out of pure necessity they were ready and willing from the beginning," said Simon. By LAURIE HANSEN NC News Service TECPAN, Guatemala (NC) -- Civil war violence has made 3dows of many women in Chipiacul, a small Guatemalan Indian village, forcing them in- to the marketplace to make a living for themselves and their children. Their situation is echoed throughout the country. Tragedy first struck the isolated hamlet in the Guatemalan highlands on the feast of San Marcos, April 25, 1?, a villager said. 'It was about 8:30 p.m.," he recalled. "Twenty of the men were meeting in the community hall. Then the military came. First they shot the men, then they poured gasoline over them and burned their bodies. That was the first massacre of Chipiacul." Three months later soldiers came back with a list of 14 men, ABORTION'S SOLUTION IS SIMPLE. 4 W t 4 4 t ASHLEY -- Three months of age. Her morn, a/though a teenage unwed mother, made the choice for life. IT'S JUST NOT EASY! Fourteen years and twenty million dead babies later, America is still groping for the solution to "the abortion problem." The solution is deceptively simple. Continue educating the American public; continue working with our state and federal representatives to stop the taxpayer funding of anti.life organizations; and pass the Paramount Human Life Amendment which will restore the right to life of all God's children. But It won't happen unless we make it happen. We must pray and work and give of our time and our money today, tomorrow end every day until we have stopped the babyelaughter once and for all. You have choice: You can join the American Life League today and work with others dedicated to the Life Principles, the Paramount Human Life Amendment end the total protection of ALL of God's children. Or: You can turn the page and TRY to forget that this baby was lucky. Twenty million of her brothers end sisters were scraped, burned or sucked to shreds in a horribly brutal and painful death. Love Llfel Choose Llfel Join A.L.L. todayl AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE, RO. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22554 (703) 659-4171-- L00K FOR OUR INSERT IN THE NEXT ISSUE. Today CRS and Kato-Ki pro- vide training for the women in productibn techniques and marketing and organizational skills focusing on three income- producing activities: -- Agriculture, including cultivation of broccoli, cab- bage, Chinese peas, brussels sprouts, corn, wheat, potatoes, soybeans and black beans. -- Animal husbandry, f, ras- ing on fattening pigs, chickens and livestock. -- Weaving and embroidery of typical native dress. In addition, women who study budgeting and meet cer- tain other requirements may take advantage of a revolving loan fund set' up by the cooperative, Simon said. i;:=% BLOCK - CRUSH - CUBE WHOLESALE & RETAIL Ph. 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