Victims’ Memorial

(para leer en español, dele clíc aquí)

Today and tomorrow, the Catholic tradition celebrates All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, respectively, during which communities and families gather together to respectfully remember the dead. All Saint’s Day looks particularly to the martyrs of the tradition, and this morning in Parque Cuscatlán, communities, families, and collectives dedicated to “memoria histórica” gathered in front of the Monument to the Victims and Martyrs to have a Celebration of the Word and to give witness to the living memory of the killed and disappeared.

Ecumenical Celebration of the Word in Parque Cuscatlán, with music, testimony, demands for justice, and reflections from victims' families.

Ecumenical Celebration of the Word in Parque Cuscatlán, with music, testimony, demands for justice, and reflections from victims’ families.

After the Celebration of the Word, family members drew close to the monument to find their loved ones' names and place a flower or photo in living memory.

After the Celebration of the Word, family members drew close to the monument to find their loved ones’ names and place a flower or photo in living memory.

As the reality in El Salvador continues to beg justice for the victims of massacres, disappearances, torture, and murder, the victims and their families continue to hope and to share together, walking with their loved ones, ever present. As one mother put it, speaking in prayer to her son, “I know you are dead and that you are alive in your mother’s heart.”

Especially important is the continuing dynamic around the closing of Tutela Legal, the archdiocesan human rights office. Attention to the victims is what Jon Sobrino calls for in his recent article (click for bilingual article) about these events, and the gathering this morning, too, was an important call to continue the struggle to end impunity and share information. ¡Que vivan las víctimas y los mártires por la justicia!

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