Madre Guadalupe in Recovery
Madre Guadalupe Mejia suffered a severe asthma attack on July 2, and has spent the last week hospitalized in the ICU, but is now stable and recovering. She remains sedated and her health is improving hour by hour. Many have been praying throughout the week for Madre Guadalupe and we are hopeful about her recovery. There will be a mass in her honor at the Crypt in the National Cathedral at 10 am this Sunday, July 14, to pray for her recovery.
Madre Guadalupe is the president of the Committee of Relatives of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations (CODEFAM) and a member of the SHARE Board of Directors. Madre is considered by many to be the grandmother of the fight for human rights in El Salvador. She has been integral in the formation and process of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission in seeking truth, justice, and reparations for those who were forcefully disappeared and affected by the violence that occurred during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. Madre meets with almost all of SHARE`s delegations to share her own testimony of loss and courage and the ongoing struggle for justice.
Over two hundred victims of human rights violations and human rights defenders gathered in May to in a commemoration and celebration to close the International Week of the Detained and Disappeared and to celebrate Madre’s 70th birthday and honor the mothers that lead the three committees of relatives of victims of human rights violations. It was a testimony to the lives Madre has touched and the people she has united through her compassionate spirit and generous work. We are all praying for for Madre’s health and stand with her in prayer while her strength returns and we invite you to join us.