Guatemala: Requiem for a Missionary

A U.S. priest is slain as political violence increases

"Father, you're in extreme danger. You must get out immediately." When he got that warning from a parishioner in the village of Santiago Atitlán last January, the Rev. Stanley Rother had good reason to take it seriously: some 30 local villagers had already been kidnaped and murdered by right-wing death squads. Told that his own name was on a right-wing hit list, the red-bearded missionary reluctantly fled the village, where he had lived and worked for 13 years among the Cakchiquel Indians, and returned to his native Okarche, Okla.

But Rother missed...

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