I am the President of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights El Mozote. The organisation was founded, and has obtained legal capacity thanks to the support from the projects funded by Misean Cara.
From the aforementioned projects I have received many benefits on a personal level, such as, human rights training and psycho-social assistance that has helped me overcome many obstacles. On a community level, thanks to having the association legalised, we have had the opportunity to open a dialogue with different governmental departments, through which we have obtained improvements to the existing monument in remembrance of the victims of the massacre; and in the area of family health we now have a team of community health professionals working with the local population and our families.
In addition, there are many projects planned for the future of our town, and that of the other affected communities, such as, improvements to education, health, and the preservation of a memorial history. It has not been an easy process for us to achieve these goals, for that, the help of the support team has been important because they are people who we can consult in the process of making informed decisions and who have always been there to accompany us.
Given that we are not fortunate enough to have the necessary resources to pay salaries, the projects funded by Misean Cara have been a blessing since the year of the first project until now and continue to be of great value to us in the struggle that, little by little, is being recognised in our country, but as yet has many issues that remain unresolved. It is in the continued development of the projects designated, by the government and NGO’s, for our community that I place my hopes for the future. This coupled with the compliance of the government with the sentence omitted by the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, and through which your continued support is fundamental to assuring that future generations do not have to suffer what we had to suffer and can live in peace and happiness.
For all of this and in the name of many women, men, young people and children from the different communities I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for all that you have done and plan to do, for all the support we have received, and for all that we have achieved and hope to achieve. All that remains is for me to say may God bless you and we wish you every success in everything that you do for our common good.
Special Report by María Dorila Márquez de Márquez, President of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights El Mozote.
During the El Salvador civil war in 1981, more than 1,000 villagers, mostly women and children, were murdered by the Salvadoran army. El Mozote is known around the world as one of the largest and most bloody massacres to have been committed in Latin America. Of the 1,000 people who were murdered, 400 were children. María Dorila Márquez de Márquez has dedicated her life to supporting the survivors of the El Mozote massacre. She was a key actor in helping the survivors and their families to achieve the landmark ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that El Salvador should investigate the human rights violations perpetrated during the armed conflict, and directed the government to pay reparations. Click here to read more about the amazing 32 year fight for justice.