More than any other Central American nation, Guatemala has maintained the traditions of its rich Indian heritage. But a grim history of dictatorship casts a long shadow over the country's first civilian president in more than 50 years. Although peace accords were signed in 1996, many citizens feel they are being ignored. Violent harassment of human rights activists continues, crime is growing, drug trafficking is increasing, and consumer prices are on the rise. Despite this, the government is making serious attempts to counteract these challenges.