Elke Borghs lived in Puerto Barrios near Santo Tomas, Guatemala for a year in 1997-1998. As a local contact person and interpreter she guided the directors of the documentary Tu ne verras pas Verapaz around. She wrote a master thesis in anthropology and a dissertation in investigative journalism about it. This freelance journalist combines anthropology and investigative journalism. She has published in MO* Magazine and People Planet Profit Magazine.

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Verapaz - the first Belgian colony

  • Human Rights

This is the story of the first ever Belgian colony, namely the one in Guatemala (1843-1856). Both in Belgium and in Guatemala this little piece of history seems to have been collectively forgotten. However, a few interesting encounters teach us that that migration left a lot of tracks.