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In December 1981, the inhabitants of a small Salvadoran hamlet were systematically exterminated by the Atacatl Battalion, a U.S.-trained counterinsurgency force. The Reagan administration, determined to preserve U.S. support for El Salvador's war against leftist guerrillas, downplayed reports of this massacre. The White House ignored and deflected reports that hundreds of unarmed women, children and men were shot, hung or beheaded.

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And there, on the third day, in the silence of the ruined hamlet of El Mozote, all the words and claims and counterclaims that had been loudly made for eleven years abruptly gave way before the mute force of material fact. The bones were there, the cartridges were there; the sleeping reality of El Mozote had ...
As part of the 36th anniversary of El Mozote Massacre, the government divulged the following information made available by records that have been collected since last year: “The record contains the names of 1698 victims. Of the 1698 victims, 986 were executed during El Mozote massacre, of which 552 ...

The village of El Mozote was home to jornaleros (day laborers) and campesinos (land peasants), 794 of whom were murdered by the Salvadoran government. The existence of a massacre, though widely contested at the time, is no longer up for debate. Though the memories that could illuminate the exact ...
Memorial of massacre site at El Mozote, Morazan, El Salvador. Public Domain. In September 2016, after 35 years of relentless struggle, human rights defenders in El Salvador seized a new hope for truth and justice with the reopening of the El Mozote case by the Second Court of San Francisco de Gotera.
Sofia Romero Pineda, 55, and her grandson hold the few portraits she preserves of some of her family members killed during the military operation which slaughtered some 1,000 inhabitants of El Mozote and neighboring villages in eastern El Salvador. The portraits are of Simeona Vigil, her grandmother; ...
Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation, which started 25 years ago, into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people. The massacre is a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador's civil war. The killings went ...

Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation, which started 25 years ago, into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people. The massacre is a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador's civil war. The killings went ...
Many assumed I died in the massacre of December 1981, when government soldiers killed hundreds of people in El Mozote, my village in El Salvador. The victims were accused of collaborating with left-wing guerrillas, but most of them were women, children and old people. Soldiers tortured my family, ...
With storylines including Frida Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni' lifelong challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet. Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless ...
With storylines including Frida Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni' lifelong challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet. Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless ...
With storylines including Frida Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni's lifelong challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet, Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations that are ...
In 1997, Maria Christina Chicas held her grandaughter, Mirllama Clara Luz, 1, during a candlelight vigil on All Soul's Day at El Mozote, El Salvador, site of a massacre of an entire village by Salvadoran Army soldiers in 1981 during the guerilla war. She lost three sisters and a borther and nine of their ...
As part of the 36th anniversary of El Mozote Massacre, the government divulged the following information made available by records that have been collected since last year: “The record contains the names of 1698 victims. Of the 1698 victims, 986 were executed during El Mozote massacre, of which 552 ...
The 12-year-long civil war there, during which the United States-supported military killed hundreds in the village of El Mozote, was a bloody final front in the Cold War, outlasting the Berlin Wall before it ended in 1992. The scars have faded, but memories are still fresh; an investigation into what happened in ...
El Mozote is the best documented of El Salvador's thousands of mass graves, many of which remain unexcavated. Forensic experts with El Salvador's Institute for Legal Medicine and the world renown Argentine forensic team told me that their evidence —bones, shoe marks, hair samples, bullet shells— of ...
Among his books are The Massacre at El Mozote, Torture and Truth, The Secret Way to War, Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War and the recently published Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. Danner was a longtime staff writer at The New Yorker and is frequent contributor to The New York ...
The village of El Mozote was home to jornaleros (day laborers) and campesinos (land peasants), 794 of whom were murdered by the Salvadoran government. The existence of a massacre, though widely contested at the time, is no longer up for debate. Though the memories that could illuminate the exact ...

Over the summer, eleven survivors of the El Mozote massacre of December 1981—in which the Salvadoran army murdered about a thousand civilians, while the US government attempted to cover it up—began giving testimony in a Salvadoran court. The human rights center at the University of Washington ...
Memorial of massacre site at El Mozote, Morazan, El Salvador. Public Domain. In September 2016, after 35 years of relentless struggle, human rights defenders in El Salvador seized a new hope for truth and justice with the reopening of the El Mozote case by the Second Court of San Francisco de Gotera.
El Mozote, El Salvador: Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the quiet Salvadoran village of El Mozote was the scene of one of the worst massacres in Latin America, just 35 years ago. “Many of us who live here are descendants of ...
Sofia Romero Pineda, 55, and her grandson hold the few portraits she preserves of some of her family members killed during the military operation which slaughtered some 1,000 inhabitants of El Mozote and neighboring villages in eastern El Salvador. The portraits are of Simeona Vigil, her grandmother; ...
Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation, which started 25 years ago, into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people. The massacre is a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador's civil war. The killings went ...
A Salvadoran judge has reopened the case of the El Mozote massacre and ordered 20 military suspects, including a former defense minister and other high-ranking officials, to appear in court. The massacre saw a U.S.-trained Salvadoran death squad kill over 1,000 civilians during El Salvador's bloody ...
A judge in El Salvador has reopened an investigation into the 1981 El Mozote massacre - considered one of the worst atrocities in the civil war. The judge accepted a request put forward by three human rights groups to re-open the case based on a Supreme Court ruling in July. The ruling overturned an ...
The reopening of the case follows formal complaints by local human rights groups and victims families seeking justice for those killed in El Mozote. Those pushing the case seek a truthful accounting of what happened and the facts surrounding who ordered the massacre, Gonzalez said. They are not ...
Salvadorans haven't forgotten, however. In El Mozote and the surrounding villages of subsistence peasants, forensic experts are still digging up bodies—of women, children, and old men who were murdered by the Salvadoran army during an operation in December 1981. It was one of the worst massacres ...
She has been instrumental in highlighting the case of the victims of the massacre at El Mozote during the Civil War of 1979 – 1992 in El ...
She has been instrumental in highlighting the case of the victims of the massacre at El Mozote during the Civil War of 1979 – 1992 in El ...
Por la masacre conocida como El Mozote, perpetrada entre el 10 y 11 de diciembre de 1981, se hicieron diligencias encaminadas a la ...
Los testigos en el caso de la masacre en El Mozote y sus alrededores continuaron relatando ayer sus testimonios en el Juzgado Segundo de ...
El proceso judicial en contra de un grupo de 20 militares, que son acusados de haber participado en la masacre de El Mozote de diciembre de ...
The reopening of El Mozote case brings a historic opportunity for truth and justice; the State and the public prosecution must rise to the ...
El Mozote, El Salvador: Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the quiet ...
EL MOZOTE, El Salvador, May 23 2017 (IPS) - Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the ...
Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation, which started 25 years ago, into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people. The massacre is a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador's civil war. The killings went ...
Many assumed I died in the massacre of December 1981, when government soldiers killed hundreds of people in El Mozote, my village in El ...
For decades, justice was denied and survivors were afraid to talk. But recently an international court found the government guilty, and a local ...
El Mozote was neither the first nor the last mass atrocity in El Salvador's nightmarish civil war. The rape and murder of four US churchwomen by ...
A judge in El Salvador has reopened an investigation into the 1981 El Mozote massacre - considered one of the worst atrocities in the civil war.
The legal proceedings in the El Mozote case date back to late March with the notification of the charges against the military officers, while testimony by 10 ...
The festival will begin with a play by La Colmenita company of El Mozote, entitled 'El Caserio Encantado' (The Enchanged Village), which ...
Amaya was the sole survivor of the El Mozote massacre in December 1981. ... testimony about the brutal massacre of her village of El Mozote.
El proceso judicial en contra de un grupo de 20 militares, que son acusados de haber participado en la masacre de El Mozote de diciembre de ...
In 1989, she added, the same military unit that carried out the El Mozote massacre killed six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and the ...
The reopening of El Mozote case brings a historic opportunity for truth and justice; the State and the public prosecution must rise to the ...
El Mozote, El Salvador: Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the quiet ...
EL MOZOTE, El Salvador, May 23 2017 (IPS) - Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the ...
A Salvadoran judge has reopened the case of the El Mozote massacre and ordered 20 military suspects, including a former defense minister ...
A Salvadoran judge has reopened the case of the El Mozote massacre and ordered 20 military suspects, including a former defense minister ...
Women observe a mural with the names of the campesinos murdered by the Armed Forces in El Mozote, El Salvador, in 1981. | Photo: EFE.


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