Eyewitness to History

Nickles, Greg
January 2001
We Came to North America: The Hispanics;2001, p24
This article presents the account by a Salvadoran child living in a Central American refugee camp which tells of the terrors from which some refugees were escaping. The child used to live in a village called Mozote. What happened was that the armed forces arrived in 1981. They were everywhere. They slept the night in Mozote. Then at around ten in the morning the soldiers went to all the houses and said that they'd give us a present if we went into the square. When everybody had come into the square they made us line up; one line of old people, one of young and one of the little ones. There were already a few people locked in the church. They put four gunmen in the church, one in each doorway. Then they began to shoot the people in the church and those in the lines in the square. When they had killed the old people they began to kill the young.


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