Deeper into El Salvador and its History
Trip Start Nov 26, 2005
55Trip End Nov 26, 2006
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The friendly tourist info lady mentioned a possibility of doing a home stay & 24 hrs later I arrived in the community of La Mora for a possible 2 night stay that became 6 ! It was a fantastic experience, living with part of a family of 9 siblings - those who didnīt live there visited often, so there was a constant flow of grandchildren, cousins etc
The awful civil war of 1981-1992 was caused by grievances against the extreme & widespread poverty & the rich minority. In 1977 about 300 unarmed protesters were massacred by the army in the capital, & the final straw was the state-sanctioned assassination in 1980 of Archbishop Romero in his church, by an army officer. Military death-squads terrorized reformers, inciting left-wing guerillas to fight back as the newly-formed F.M.L.N. & all-out war began. In northern town Mozote over 1000 people were systematically murdered by U.S. trained troops, in an infamous massacre that is still being investigated. The war was sustained by the U.S, whose Reagan administration was paranoid about communists & somehow thought that a totally corrupt & repressive right-wing government was better than giving reforms to the poor.They gave billions of dollars officially & unofficially to government causes. 1000's died & the country was torn apart as 1/2 million people fled to other countries for the duration. La Mora was typical of a hard-hit country village, nearly everyone left, a few remained to fight against the army in the hills, & its re-population is still continuing.