Resistance and reconstruction

The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology, edited by Christopher Rowland

In San Salvador in the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, soldiers of the elite, U.S.-trained and equipped Atlacatl Battalion crept onto the campus of the University of Central America and assassinated six Jesuits, including the university's philosopher-president, Ignacio Ella­curía. Instructed to leave no witnesses, they also brutally murdered two women: Elba Ramos, who cooked for the Jesuits, and her daughter, Celina. This crime, coming at the end of a decade of similar and worse atrocities, finally compelled the U.S. government to pressure the Salvadoran government and military to come to the peace table. The resultant peace is scarred by the enduring poverty that brought the war in the first place, and by the violence all too commonplace in countries where the "cold war" was fought—countries still awash in weapons.


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