It is 1971 and the civil war in Guatemala has been going on for 11 years with violence and civil unrest never seeming to come to an end. Guatemala's government has become known for being unstable for the past decades as various military coups have been attempted, in which some coups have effectively overthrown regimes. The military's power has constantly been on the rise, yet so has the formation of movements with distinct political beliefs, proving to be a power struggle for government reform. The increase in kidnappings, assassinations, and economic failures has left the country in turmoil, but it has also left a greater cause for civilians to unite and rebel against the government. It is up to Guatemala's leaders from opposition groups to settle their differences and address the ongoing issues quickly or there may not be a Guatemala to govern soon. Past leaders have declared Guatemala as ungovernable, but only time will tell if this current state of siege will prevail or if there will be a successful Guatemalan revolution.
Carmen Ordonez is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and Political Science at FIU. She has been doing Model UN since her freshman year of highschool and is now in her second year of being on the FIU Model UN team, while also serving as one of the Head Delegates on the team. This year, she is also the Director of Marketing for FIMUN 35 and is honored to have the role of being a part of the FIMUN secretariat. Coming from a family that is entirely Guatemalan, Carmen takes much pride in Guatemala and its culture as she finds it to be unique and rare to be heard of. As a result, Carmen has shifted her attention to learning more about cultures in Latin America not only to become more aware of the issues faced in each country, but to spread awareness and make others more informed and interested about Latin America. As the director for the Guatemalan Civil War, 1971 crisis committee, she aims to share her love for her country while ensuring that other people get to learn more about Guatemala while having fun. When Carmen isn’t doing MUN or schoolwork, she can be found drinking coffee or smoothies, napping, or watching The Kardashians. Carmen is eager for FIMUN 35 to come and looks forward to making this the best conference yet!