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Guatemalans search for wartime missing with portraits, museum

  • In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war cover a wall outside Congress in Guatemala City. A handful of Guatemalans have launched tiny, homegrown attempts to draw attention to what human rights groups and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights call a deplorable lack of official action in the face of one of the worst unresolved cases of human-rights violations in the 20th century. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war cover a wall outside Congress in Guatemala City. A handful of Guatemalans have launched tiny, homegrown attempts to draw attention to what human rights groups and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights call a deplorable lack of official action in the face of one of the worst unresolved cases of human-rights violations in the 20th century. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, bus passengers watch others paste the portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war on a wall in downtown Guatemala City.  Almost all the victims are believed to have been killed, often after being raped, tortured, or both, then buried in mass graves, ditches and wells. Many were hurled from helicopters into the sea or volcanic craters. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, bus passengers watch others paste the portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war on a wall in downtown Guatemala City. Almost all the victims are believed to have been killed, often after being raped, tortured, or both, then buried in mass graves, ditches and wells. Many were hurled from helicopters into the sea or volcanic craters. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, the photograph of a person who disappeared during the civil war is pasted on a wall outside Congress at Guatemala City. With fewer than 1,000 of the missing found, successive Guatemalan governments have resisted local and international pressure to launch a full-scale effort to find and identify the rest. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, the photograph of a person who disappeared during the civil war is pasted on a wall outside Congress at Guatemala City. With fewer than 1,000 of the missing found, successive Guatemalan governments have resisted local and international pressure to launch a full-scale effort to find and identify the rest. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

Guatemalans are pasting up thousands of posters and have opened a museum to remember the 45,000 people who disappeared during the country's 36-year civil war.

Some of the activists say they hope the actions will prompt the country's government to do more to find and identify the missing.

So far, the government has not complied with a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to search for the victims as quickly as possible and build a park or plaza in the memory of the disappeared.