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An artistic and moving remembrance of the El Mozote massacre that took place in the village of El Mozote, in Morazán department, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981

El Salvador, "Discovery News, El Mozote Massacre Revisted", Documental

The US-trained SOA graduate to having organised and participated in the El Mozote massacre during an interview with reporter James LeMoyne in which he is heard saying: “Yeah, we did it. We killed everyone. In those days I thought that was what we had to do to win the war. I was wrong”.

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The El Mozote Massacre | Crows Dream My collaboration with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) began in 1998. In 2001 and 2002 I traveled to El Salvador to document their work exhuming and identifying the victims of the El Mozote massacre. I learned first-hand that the involvement of relatives and survivors was essential to the reading of recovered bones from mass graves and the historical reconstruction of the massacre. The process of identifying the victims through forensic science and returning the remains to the families for proper burial are prerequisites for the healing of the victims and the restoration of the social order. The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. But atrocities refuse to be buried.

December 11, 1981: El Mozote Massacre - History and Headlines

My collaboration with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) began in 1998. In 2001 and 2002 I traveled to El Salvador to document their work exhuming and identifying the victims of the El Mozote massacre. I learned first-hand that the involvement of relatives and survivors was essential to the reading of recovered bones from mass graves and the historical reconstruction of the massacre. The process of identifying the victims through forensic science and returning the remains to the families for proper burial are prerequisites for the healing of the victims and the restoration of the social order. The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. But atrocities refuse to be buried.

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The El Mozote Massacre took place in the village of El Mozote, in Morazán department, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981, when Salvadoran armed forces trained by the United States military killed at least 1000 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign. It is reputed to be the worst such atrocity in modern Latin America history.The most damning evidence was exhumed in the sacristy. The Argentines found the skeletal remains of 143 bodies there. Of these, 131 were of children under the age of 12. The evidence showed that many of the victims were lying on the ground when shot from above by the killers standing in the door and by the windows. The bullets uncovered were U.S. government ammunition for U.S. government M16 rifles. The forensic experts concluded that the evidence "confirms the allegations of a mass murder." "There is no evidence to support the contention," the experts went on, "that these victims, almost all young children, were involved in combat or were caught in the crossfire of combat forces." The Truth Commission condemned the El Mozote massacre as "a serious violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law."