CRIPDES: 30 years and counting!
SHARE El Salvador office director and one of CRIPDES’ founders, Isabel Hernandez reflects on these past 30 years of struggle and community organization. Long live CRIPDES!
On July 14th, CRIPDES, the Association of Communities for the Development of El Salvador, celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1984, an opportune moment to remember what communities lived through during those years of repression, evacuations, assassinations of civil society, bombings, military operations and captures that left more than 75,000 people assassinated and thousands refugees. It’s important to highlight the courage and strength with which the population confronted the situation. The same families who had been displaced from their homes met in the El Rosario church in San Salvador and decided to organize to defend their rights and begin a hard and long struggle to return.
As a member of the team that started this difficult mission, I can’t help but express what this anniversary means to me on a personal level, to have been part of this history. The years of work and struggle in CRIPDES have been the most intense years of my life. We shared many triumphs, but we also lived through very hard and sad days, feeling powerless in the face of a regime that treated us mercilessly.