Posts Tagged ‘El Salvador’

Three weeks in article

September 4, 2017

Hola! My name is Claire Eccles and I am the new Volunteer Communications Manager in the SHARE office in El Salvador. I just graduated from Berkeley High School in California and am taking a Gap Year before heading off to college.

I have been here for almost three weeks now and I am loving it! I take Spanish classes in the morning which is helpful in improving my communications and language skills, and then I come to volunteer at SHARE after class. I joined a local gym which helps me connect with my new local community. Like most people, I had my worries about coming to El Salvador. When I arrived I was expecting to see visible gang presence (and in fact was looking for it from the drive from the airport home), violence, corruption, and all the other stereotypes surrounding El Salvador. I was pleasantly taken aback to see workers peacefully taking the bus home, families playing at parks, children walking their dogs and other everyday activities you see in places where people live. I did not, and still have not, seen any gang violence, catcallers, robberies etc. People have been super friendly to me, greeting me every time I pass. Beyond that, the community at SHARE is incredible. Volunteering with SHARE is an enriching experience. My first day here I went to San Jose Las Flores and Guarjila to have a workshop with women of Guarjila about food sovereignty and encourage the consumption of healthy green foods. Right from the start, I have been participating in the community! Anabell, Laura, and Isabel are all very hardworking, friendly, and enthusiastic individuals. They all make me feel included in this close knit community.

I live with Isabel, the field office director at SHARE, her son Oscar and their dog Viejo. Isabel is welcoming, caring, and protective. For example, every day she drives me to my Spanish class and picks me up every afternoon, just to make sure I am safe and not exposed to any danger. She makes delicious food both at work and at the house. She lives in a very safe neighborhood with a beautiful park and nice gym less than a 5-minute walk away. Her house is charming and my room is lovely. Additionally, they have a fantastic hammock in the house right next to my room which I spend a large majority of my free time on.

I truly am enjoying my time here. I wake up at 5 am every morning eager to start my day–I wouldn’t have considered doing that in Berkeley. The people I have met through my Spanish school and SHARE have been nothing short of kind hearted, outgoing, and eager to explore. Although the country of El Salvador is relatively small, the landscape here is vast and beautiful. This country’s west coast is filled with gorgeous beaches to play, swim, and surf. It has five large lakes and 26 volcanoes–more than enough to keep me entertained for four months. Looking around you immediately notice the boundless greenery and plants that fill this country. From hikes in the mountain to fishing on lakes, this country has it all.

As Chimamanda Adichie said in a fascinating Ted talk called “The Dangers of a Single Story,” “if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” This is very applicable with El Salvador. If you only listen to the media and don’t experience it yourself, you will fail to understand the incredible culture, history, and people of El Salvador.

Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura

October 26, 2016

We are excited to share with you a new book about the life and assassination of Sr. Maura Clarke, one of the churchwomen killed in El Salvador in 1980. Written by Eileen Markey, a delegate on our 2015 Remembering the Churchwomen delegation, Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura explores not her murder, but her life and influences.

radicalfaithAs Eileen describes:

“This book traces not Maura’s murder but her life, asking how a beloved daughter from Queens, NY became a victim of the Cold War in a country far from home. In examining the forces that shaped Maura’s life, I was able to look closely at the inheritance of Irish nationalism, the immigrant experience in New York, the Cold War, the adaptations of the Catholic Church at Vatican II and the social and political movements that convulsed Central America in the 1970s and 1980s. Maura was shaped by each of these and is remembered with pride and affection by those who knew and worked with her–especially in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her story continues to be relevant as the crimes of the 1980s in Central America begin to be prosecuted, the fall-out of those wars continue to reverberate in current immigration patterns, as Americans continue to grapple with the role of faith in public life and as we all negotiate a world of distraction and fear. Maura paid attention. She sincerely followed the very radical commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. I’ve tried to tell her story fully, with nuance and care so that this icon some of us know from prayer cards becomes a real woman again.”

The book may be ordered on Amazon or Indiebound.

Help spread the word about the book and Maura’s life by posting about the book on social media, asking your local bookstore to host a reading, teaching about it in college courses, or inviting Eileen to speak to your book club, school, parish study group, congregation, or organization. Download the book’s press release for contact information and to learn more.




Desarrollo de Liderazgo Juvenil y Formación Académica.

June 16, 2016

Actualmente SHARE tiene un proyecto con CRIPDES que consiste en fortalecer las capacidades de jóvenes líderes y lideresas de las comunidades a través de becas universitarias y de bachillerato. Se considera como un proyecto estratégico pues para continuar la lucha por la justicia social es necesaria la formación de un nuevo liderazgo compuesto por las y los jóvenes líderes activos en sus comunidades.



El objetivo de éste proyecto es proporcionar estímulo y oportunidades de formación de jóvenes líderes emergentes, que en un futuro puedan aportar positivamente a sus comunidades y a la sociedad en general.


Este programa de becas se dirige específicamente a los hombres y mujeres jóvenes que demuestren cualidades de liderazgo en sus comunidades y que de otra forma no tendrían acceso al apoyo financiero para sus estudios.



Actualmente muchos jóvenes de las distintas regiones del CRIPDES son beneficiados con éste proyecto. Si deseas conocer los perfiles de algunos becarios visita nuestra página de Facebook y utiliza el hashtag #wednesdayscholarship.


Niñas en El Salvador convertidas en protagonistas del cambio

June 13, 2016

Definitivamente la niñez es clave en el desarrollo de un país pues si niños y jóvenes tienen las atenciones adecuadas, se respetan sus derechos y se les garantizan espacios de recreación, y de educación de calidad se puede asegurar tanto su presente como su futuro. En El Salvador infortunadamente la niñez y la juventud son un grupo especialmente vulnerable a problemas sociales como la pobreza, la violencia, el maltrato, los abusos etc.,  y dentro de ése grupo el sector más vulnerable es el de las niñas y las adolescentes.

Según diversos estudios más del 31% de las adolescentes entre 10 y 19 años han estado embarazadas alguna vez. 85% de las madres adolescentes no terminan la escuela. Muchos casos de abuso y acoso sexual ocurre en las escuelas, las familias. En el primer semestre de 2012 la PNC registra un total de 1,190 denuncias por delitos sexuales en contra de niñas, adolescentes y mujeres, de esta cifra las adolescentes de 12 a 18 años, es el grupo de mayor riesgo, con 608 casos. También reportó 193 denuncias por acoso sexual en contra de adolescentes de 12 a 18 años. Además tienen distintas limitantes económicas: 19% de las niñas entre 4 y 18 años que no estudia en el país, se debe a causas económicas, por lo que puede decirse que muchas niñas en El Salvador se enfrentan a distintas amenazas.


Actualmente CRIPDES San Vicente lleva cabo un proyecto piloto en nueve Centros Educativos del municipio de Tecoluca en el departamento de San Vicente, con grupos de niñas de 14 a 18 años.

Girls in San Vicente doing an activity during a workshop

Girls in San Vicente doing an activity during a workshop

El proyecto consiste en la realización de talleres para reforzar su autoestima, enseñarles sobre sus derechos y valores, sobre derechos humanos y elaboración de artesanías y manualidades. Se utiliza una metodología amigable y dinámica por lo que las niñas aprenden y expresan sus sentimientos, y sueños junto a sus compañeras de grupo.



El objetivo de este proyecto es preparar a las adolescentes para la vida a través de nuevas habilidades y conocimientos en la práctica de los derechos humanos, salud sexual y reproductiva, Cultura de paz, Atención Psicosocial, Orientación para la vida, Género y Equidad, Embarazos Precoces y Políticas Públicas para la niñez.



Para lograr el objetivo es importante contar con el apoyo de actores clave a nivel local y de las familias de las niñas adolescentes. En El Salvador es clave que las niñas adolescentes reciban una educación que les permita crear capacidades para la vida que les garanticen un mejor futuro a ellas y a sus familias y al mismo tiempo permiten un verdadero desarrollo de las comunidades con enfoque de solidaridad y justicia social pues como bien dicen “Educar a la mujer es educar a la sociedad”.

Delegate Spotlight: Mary Louise

April 1, 2016

Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming International Solidarity Delegation in July!

Mary Louise Chesley-Cora

Spotlight On: Mary Louise Chesley-Cora, Hockessin, DE

SHARE Delegation Experience: 2015 Churchwomen Commemoration Delegation

Why did I decide to participate? There was a strong spiritual “pull” to look at this possibility and then to take steps needed to participate. Initially, I knew no one in the delegation and went by myself.

What did I gain? I gained a much greater understanding of what happened in El Salvador in the past 50 years and the unfortunate role the US government played in the civil war there causing the deaths of thousands of the people as well as a greater appreciation of what is presently happening to build up hope and justice for the people, especially those who continue to suffer injustice and threats of terror from gangs and organized crime (mostly women and children).  I was inspired by the strength of the women who seem fearless and determined to make their country a beautiful and safe place to live.

What was most memorable? The most memorable day was being with the people at the Mass on December 2 to celebrate the lives of these courageous and faith-filled women who were martyred at that spot 35 years before. It was also the exact day a year ago that I was celebrating the life of my dear husband, George, (12/2/14) at our parish of the Resurrection in Delaware. I envisioned them all “in glory”…rejoicing with us!

What was my favorite part? I was very touched by the great hospitality shown to our delegation as well as the gratitude of the people toward us to have come to “walk with,  pray with and celebrate with” on their journey for greater justice and peace. Despite the tremendous losses and hardships, they showed great resilience, compassion and hope for their lives and those of their children. I also valued meeting all the delegates and sharing with them. I found “connections” I couldn’t believe with various ones. It was a wonderful group of “new friends” journeying together.  Our team was also “outstanding”!!!

How was I challenged? I was challenged to be open to all kinds of new experiences, people, travel, language. I welcomed this opportunity to grow in faith, to support those who continue to work for justice and peace and to join them in prayer for a  more hope-filled future.

For those thinking of joining a SHARE delegation: The SHARE opportunity was so well planned and organized. It included important meetings with representatives of the government, media and local people, meaningful prayer experiences, enjoyable times for meals and conversation as a group and with the local people. It was a wonderful, worthwhile experience and it made such a difference for the people there and for each of us in the delegation.

How does it continue to inspire?: It is only 2 months since the trip and I am still “unpacking” the experience and discerning how this can inspire and inform others to reach out in  mercy, justice and reconciliation to these sisters and brothers in El Salvador. I would like to continue to be involved in some way but it is not yet clear what that will mean. I am filled with GRATITUDE for this experience and all the people I met during those days.

Delegate Spotlight: Maryanne

March 18, 2016

Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming International Solidarity Delegation in July!  


Spotlight On: Sister Maryanne Ruzzo, SC

SHARE Delegation Experience: 2015 Churchwomen Commemoration Delegation

Wanting to go to El Salvador started with a movie long before I entered the Sisters of Charity. When the American missionaries were killed in 1980 I was just out of college and really didn’t know much about what was happening in El Salvador nor did I remember much, if anything about their story.  About 5 years later I attended a retreat and a movie about Maura, Ita, Dorothy and Jean was shown.  I remember being emotionally drained and challenged by that movie and realized then that God might really be calling me to religious life. Their courage, their passion, their strength, their faithfulness inspired me to take steps toward entering the Sisters of Charity  where I have met many other women who have inspired and influenced my life and taught me how to live the Gospel call of making the love of God visible in our world. So when the opportunity came for me to represent LCWR Region 1 on a co-sponsored trip between LCWR and SHARE to EL Salvador for the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the martyrdom of these women, I was excited and extremely grateful. These women were not dead but were very alive everywhere we went!

And we went everywhere! To the Cathedral where Romero celebrated many liturgies, to the Crypt downstairs where he was buried,  to the wall called the Monument of Truth and Memory which names over 30,000 who were either murdered or disappeared, to the University of Central America and to the rose garden memorial where the 6 Jesuits and the housekeeper and her daughter were killed, to the Chapel where Romero was killed and to his home, to 3 base communities with connections to the missionaries and SHARE, to the site where the Missionaries were killed, and to the cemetery where the Maryknoll sisters were buried. We met with grassroots movement leaders, human rights defenders, mothers of the disappeared, government leaders and with farmers from an organic co-op who are planning now for the challenges from climate change. We heard stories of those who survived the war and of the root causes of migration.

What stayed with me the most? I’ll try to share a few of these experiences with you. The first was when we drove to the site where the women’s bodies were found. When the bus turned off the highway we were told that that was when the missionaries suspected that something horrible was going to happen. We rode in silence imagining what that had to have been like for them. The silence was piercing, and so were the bangs we heard that sounded like gunshots but later we found out were fireworks. We met up with a procession, had mass in a chapel at the site and then heard testimonies of how the missionaries had saved so many people’s lives at the risk of their own. We heard from a woman who had been 10 when Maura and Ita had saved her life by stashing her in the car trunk as they drove to safety through check points with the military.  Later we met her at one of the base communities and this was the second experience that has stayed with me.

This young woman, Monte, along with many other women her age shared with us all the organizing and advocating they are doing for human rights and for their children and for their land and for each other. These women would have all been children of the women who were leaders with the Missionaries during the war.  These women have kept the gangs out of their area (gangs have taken over almost ¾ of the country). They have kept 4 mining companies out of their area. They have organized youth groups and farms and co-ops. I found myself challenged by what they have been able to accomplish considering all they have been through. It was evident that the church women were as alive in them today as they were 35 years ago.

Another experience was when we went to the last of the base communities. It was night. As we got off the busses to process up the hill we were met by children singing and others holding candle lanterns that were given to us to light our way toward the plaza where fireworks were displayed. Together we walked forth in solidarity to remember and continue to celebrate the God who is alive in all of us through the memory of these women. There wasn’t a dry eye in the procession. After speeches and music and poetry and a meal all 117 of us were sent off with different families to spend the night in their homes. That would be another story!

Probably the event that haunts me the most was a skit done by a youth group. They acted out a letter that they wrote to Maura, Ita, Jean and Dorothy.  Five of them wore names of countries or cities that are presently experiencing or causing violence. They held a deep red cloth and bounced the globe back and forth toward each of these places. They spoke of how they know that they have experienced the ravages of violence and war in their own country but were also concerned about what to do because “Our whole world is bleeding because of war and hunger”.  These young people who have very little are so aware of the need for God in our world and desire to make things better.

This image of the globe being tossed in the bleeding red cloth challenges me as the whole trip has challenged me to look at my own call once again. Over 25 years ago the witness of the lives of Maura, Ita, Dorothy and Jean opened a door for me to say yes to Jesus and become a Sister of Charity. I find myself asking what is the yes that God is inviting me to today through the hopeful, passionate, faithful, resurrection people of El Salvador? And how will I live Charity today in this place we call home where God desires to be birthed over and over again? And I ask you, what is the yes that God is inviting you to today?

Delegate Spotlight: Margie

March 11, 2016

Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming International Solidarity Delegation in July!  

MargieSpotlight On: Margie Carroll

SHARE Delegation Experience: 2015 Churchwomen Commemoration Delegation

Why did you decide to participate in SHARE’s major delegation?
Knowing that it was the 35th anniversary of the four Churchwomen’s martyrdom, I searched the web and gratefully discovered that a delegation was being sponsored by SHARE/LCWR. Immediately I knew that my heart was leading me to be a sojourner! I was so excited that I invited my daughter, Megan, to accompany me.  She was born on December 4, 1979,and was about to celebrate her 1st birthday when the women were killed on December 2, 1980.  I promised myself then that some day I would visit the community where Dorothy, Ita, Maura, and Maureen served. To my surprise and delight, Megan decided to join me at the last minute.  I treasure the experience we shared.

How were you challenged?
I did not feel particularly challenged until a crown, which had been on an upper back tooth for 32 years, decided to fall off just before leaving on an overnight visit with the welcoming community of Chalatenango. How like the “God of Surprises” to zap me with ongoing pain from a jagged exposed tooth for the next five days until I could get back to my dentist in San Diego! The experience was a good lesson of being in solidarity with the poor who cannot always seek medical assistance.
How does your experience continue to inspire you in your work/life/passions today?
The delegation experience reinforced my commitment to be a voice for those who may not have the freedom to speak out. I serve on the board of Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego whose mission is to provide quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations, particularly for asylum seekers, unaccompanied children coming over the border, domestic violence, and human trafficking.  We use every opportunity to interact with the public to clarify media misconceptions about immigration and why people are fleeing Central America. The delegation experience also provided me with much to share with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW National Alumni Council and the new JustFaith program on immigration that we are starting in our parish.


High Levels of Forced Displacement Threaten “Peace”

February 2, 2015

Forced Displacement is a phenomenon from which the Salvadoran population has suffered for decades. During the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee from their homes to escape the violence of the Salvadoran military. Today, an estimated 130,000 Salvadorans are displaced around the country due to gang violence. In the wake of the commemoration of 23 years since the signing of the Peace Accords that ended the Armed Conflict on January 16th, 1992, many have taken the time to reflect on whether or not Salvadorans are living in peace today.


Celia Medrano, Projects Manager at Cristosal, meets with the Drew Delegation

At the beginning of January, SHARE’s delegation from Drew Theological Seminary met with Foundation Cristosal, a human rights and community development organization working to provide resources for victims of forced displacement. Upon hearing the news of the thousands of children arriving at the US-Mexico border this summer, Cristosal began preliminary research concerning the topic of forced displacement in El Salvador. They soon realized that this part of the Salvadoran population has very minimal access to resources that would assist them in their search of security.  Those who have been displaced as a result of gang violence make up only about 2.1% of the national population. Though this percentage may seem small, it is higher than that of Colombians who were displaced during the Colombian armed conflict. Read More »

Guitars Against Guns

January 14, 2015


Guillermo with the Drew Delegation

During the Salvadoran Armed Conflict, not everyone fought the power of the military by taking up AK-47s. Some took to the streets in protest, others served as popular teachers and nurses.  One young man, Guillermo Cuellar, used his guitar to confront the oppression.  Cuellar wrote the songs for the Salvadoran Popular Mass commissioned by Monseñor Oscar Romero. Last night, SHARE’s delegations from Drew Theological Seminary had the privilege of sitting down with the great musician to not only enjoy his melodic voice, but also to hear his powerful testimony.  

One day at mass, Monseñor called me out in front of the entire congregation, “Why don’t you write a song for our Patron Saint, the Divine Savior of the World.” What could I say at that moment? “Sorry, Monseñor Romero, that is too large of task for me, I’m only 20 years old!” Of course I couldn’t say that, so I nodded my head politely, ensuring that Monseñor would have the song he requested as soon as the creative energy came to me.

A year later, I still didn’t have anything. It dawned on me that I had yet to write a Gloria song for the popular mass I was composing at the time. Maybe I could make those songs one in the same.  All of a sudden, the song started coming to me:

“¡Gloria al Señor, gloria al Señor!
¡Gloria al Patrón
de nuestra tierra: El Salvador!
No hay redención de otro señor.
Sólo un Patrón: ¡nuestro Divino Salvador!”
(Glory to God, Glory to God!
Glory to the patron
of our land: El Salvador!
There is no redemption in any other god.
Just one patron: Our Divine Savior!)

I surprised myself, and thought, “Hey! That’s pretty good! Let’s see where this goes…” Verse after verse kept coming to me. By the time the fourth and last verse came to me, I was excited and scribbling away. It practically wrote itself:

“Pero los dioses del poder y del dinero
se oponen a que haya transfiguración.
Por eso ahora vos, Señor, sos el primero
en levantar tu brazo contra la opresión.”
(But the gods of power and money
oppose the transfiguration.
And for that, now, God, you are the first
to raise your arm against the oppression.)

Salvador de Mundo Statue; photo cred:

I was so pleased with myself. However, I knew that Monseñor came from a more conservative background, and I wasn’t sure how he would respond to the image of God lifting his fist against oppression. Nevertheless, I kept it in there. Don’t get me wrong, I did my research. I had an argument prepared to defend that verse. Have you noticed that the monument, Salvador del Mundo, in San Salvador has it’s arm raised? Well, it does. I was pretty convinced by just that fact alone, but I knew I should look to the Bible for anything that may help my case. Quickly, I found Isaiah 10:1-4, which says the following:

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.”

“And there you have it,” I thought to myself. There is my Biblical defense. It was time to turn the song into Monseñor Romero.

I will never forget the day that I gave him that song. Arriving at his office at 9am on March 21, 1980, I encountered throngs of people waiting to meet with Monseñor. I spent three hours waiting my turn to speak with the beloved and extremely popular, that particular day, archbishop. Lunch time came around, and Monseñor left his office to go eat. I squeezed my way through dozens of people just to hand him my song. When the paper hit his hands, he took a moment to read it, nodded his head, folded the paper up, a stuck it in his pocket for safe keeping.

“Well, he must not have read it. Because if he had, I couldn’t imagine him nodding,” I decided. Well, I concluded it best to talk to him about the song when perhaps he was less busy. My plan was to go to his office again on Monday. But, for those of you who know your Salvadoran history, you’ve already figured out how this story ends. I never did get to talk to Monseñor Romero about my song. Monday March 24, 1980, an unknown assassin pulled up to the chapel at Divina Providencia to murder our prophetic voice.

That same year, I was forced to flee the country for what would be 13 years. A few years into that exile in Mexico, a friend came to me with a tape of Monseñor Romero’s last homily, you know, the one that sealed his fate. I had never been able to bring myself to listen to it. My friend convinced me to play the tape because Monseñor mentioned my song. “What? Will I finally be able to know what he thought of it,” I nervously pondered to myself.

And, there it was. In the middle of the mass, he mentioned my song, but not just the song. He addressed the last verse.

“This is a good song, but the last verse, yes, the last verse is the best part.”

I finally knew what Monseñor thought of my song years after his passing. For the first time, I knew that the entire popular mass was “Monseñor approved.”

Guillermo Cuellar didn’t mean for his songs to become as widely known as they are today.  With his guitar, he was able to respond to the guns of the armed conflict. Little did he know that his words would out live the guns, bullets, and bombs of the military. When faced with adversity, may we all turn to non-violent ways to confront our own oppressors. The power of the arts is timeless and cannot easily be destroyed. May Guillermo’s songs continue to be sung and inspire the next generation world-wide to use their guitars against today’s guns.

El Mozote: Celebrating Resilience and Life

December 20, 2014

On Saturday, December 13th, hundreds of people made the pilgrimage to the site of one of the bloodiest massacres during the Salvadoran armed conflict. The massacre at El Mozote in 1981 ended the lives of close to 900 men, women, and children. The youngest child brutally murdered that day was three days old.  For decades, the Salvadoran government denied and covered up this travesty.The El Mozote Massacre has come to emblemize the violations of human rights that took place at the hands of the national military during the 12 years of the armed conflict.

10445529_10152938960944301_2121070061778881473_nThe event this past Saturday evoked the memory of the lives lost 33 years ago. However, more than anything, the crowd celebrated the resilience and present life of the Salvadoran people. Symbolically, the commemoration demonstrated that no force can truly kill a collective strong spirit, nor halt a people’s movement towards justice, equity, and human dignity.

This notion is naturally and tangibly  captured in one of the only buildings left standing today from the massacre. On the corner adjacent to the church, one can still see the bullet holes left on the exterior wall of the now crumbling structure.  The gray of the concrete is solemn and shocking. However, the image that catches more attention is the lively green vines crawling along the entire surface offering to heal the 33 year-old wounds and bring life back to the building.

The Salvadoran military, specifically the Atlacatl Battalion, thought by draining the civilian-filled pond on December 11th,10805700_10152938961399301_9214767109475303062_n 1981 they were ending life. In a concrete sense, they did end over 900 lives that day.  However, what they intended to be a screeching stop to the popular movement served as a catalyst that still propels the Salvadoran people today to work towards a life where no one is oppressed, where all have equal opportunity, and where all life is considered sacred. May we continue to move forward justly with the lives lost at El Mozote as our inspiration.

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