What Happened at Dos Erres

In 1982, the Guatemalan military massacred the villagers of Dos Erres, killing more than 200 people.

2012 / Brian Reed / Habiba Nosheen / This American Life, USA


In 1982, the Guatemalan military massacred the villagers of Dos Erres, killing more than 200 people.

Thirty years later, a Guatemalan living in the US got a phone call from a woman who told him that two boys had been abducted during the massacre - and he was one of them.

What Happened at Dos Erres won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2012 Third COast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was produced by Brian Reed and Habiba Nosheen, co-reported by Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica), Ana Arana (Fundacion MEPI), and edited by Julie Snyder, Nancy Updike and Ira Glass for This American Life from WBEZ Chicago.

Here's an excerpt from the hour-long program. You can listen to the whole story at This American Life's website. Listen to all nine winners from the 2012 TC/RHDF Competition, here.


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Brian Reed is a producer at This American Life, where he first started as an intern in 2010.


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