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El Mozote & Perquin

Written on: Monday August 24th, 2009

A journal entry from: El Salvador, San Salvador

This Sunday I took a day trip to El Mozote and Perquin with a tour.

El Mozote is a village in Morazan which was destroyed in a massacre supported by the Salvadoran government in 1981. It's important to note that the soldiers invovled in this massacre were US trained. This horrible event was hidden for many years by the government but there was one survivor named Rufina Amaya who witnessed the murder of almost everyone in her town. She was the only one who could recount what had occured there. Being in El Mozote was so surreal. It was so hard to really feel the impact of standing in the same place where thousands of people were brutally murdered. It felt so strange to be there.

Perquin is a town (also in Morazan) which was basically the headquarters of the guerilla groups in El Salvador. From here, information about resistance was broadcast via radio all over the country. It was really fascinating to visit the museum of the revolution and to see artefacts from the war. The most interesting thing that I saw was this string of bullet shells which were hung like artwork from the Museum's sign. There's a picture of it in this album.