The long and arduous route from Guatemala to the US poses many risks to the migrants that try to cover it - from corrupt police and border officials, to violent drug gangs.
I had heard the stories about how the Kaibils were made to not only raise a pet dog and then kill it, but also to eat it raw.
"If you want to see the inner workings of the drug trafficking business, Honduras is the country," says Victor, a former drug trafficker turned born-again Christian.
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Many people are uncomfortable seeing the same institution that was once responsible for killing innocent civilians, even nuns and priests, out on patrol with high powered rifles.
With Mexican drug cartels now controlling the bulk of the trafficking into the US, Guatemala - which shares a border with Mexico - has become far more saturated by organised crime.
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