Students and staff from Cretin-Derham Hall are here in El Salvador this week. This is an excerpt from their delegation blog.
After a steamy rest in the park that consisted of bracelet making and futbol we headed to the Monument of Truth and Memory. This is the 85 meters that Mariah so eloquently writes about in her letter to one of the individuals who disappeared during the civil war. All 85 meters of the monument are dedicated to men and women, boys and girls who were murdered or disappeared. Each student found a name on the wall and traced it into their journals. We are a group of 23, each with a name, a person, someone disappeared or murdered, in our journals. We carry their names with us and we are each least one person in all of the world’s grandosity that will remember they too planted a seed on this earth.
You see them.
Names on the wall.
85 meters of the victims innocent lives ended far too soon.
Names. No faces. No stories known.
It is devastating.
Families broken, lives ended before they had a chance.
Seeing the names alone is overwhelming, but then you take a step back.
85 meters of names.
How many blocks would be piled with their bodies? How many pages left blank from their unwritten stories?
Mothers. Daughters. Brothers. Lovers…. engraved for the future to see.
Their faces may be unknown, names forgotten but their story lives on.
It lives to give life to generations to come, so mothers won’t have to outlive their children, so loved ones won’t have to wonder the dredded “what if?”
An endless question forever unanswered of their disappeared
85 meters of names an unmeasurable impact.
RIP Angel Martinez Pineda 1985