On Sunday June 19, I travelled to Guatemala to participate, as representative of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, in a forum hosted by Interpeace and Sistema de Integración Centroamericana (SICA) concerning media coverage of violence in Central America. I was delighted by the serendipity that on that same day Siglo XXI published a cover story in their Sunday magazine about the accomplished Guatemalan painter Carlos Perez, who I have known for more than a decade.
Carlos is one of the young people profiled on this website. His professional growth and incredible achievements are clear evidence that creativity, opportunity and rigorous work transform lives. Too many young people have a fatalistic and lethal lack of hope. Carlos told me that he believed that despite obstacles he could create his own destiny. His actions and achievements have proven the wisdom of his words.