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DNA from LA area immigrants could solve painful mysteries from Guatemala's civil war

by Leslie Berestein-Rojas | Take Two

In Los Angeles, Katia Orantes takes a DNA cheek swab from Guatemalan refugee Javier Alvarez. His father was kidnapped during the civil war when he was ten. Photo: Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Los Angeles is home to Guatemala's largest ex-pat community. Recently, a forensic group headquartered in Guatemala collected DNA samples from the local community here in the hopes that they can solve painful mysteries about loved ones who either died or went missing during Guatemala's civil war.

KPCC's Leslie Berestein-Rojas has more

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