To his credit, his narrative doesn't flinch or turn away. There are no "unspeakable" horrors: While the massacre itself is painted in steady, measured prose, there's no moralizing.
On the fatal day of December 10, soldiers rousted the civilians from their homes and gathered them in the central plaza where they were forced to lie down on the streets. Men and older boys were taken to a church and the rest were taken to vacant homes.
In the church, the soldiers blind folded the men and killed them either by decapitation or shooting them at point blank range. At the same time women and girls were forced to walk up hillsides where they were first raped before being murdered.
After proceeding with the executions of all the inhabitants, they left obscene writing on the walls of homes prior to burning the homes and the bodies.
Human rights violations[ edit ] The civil war in El Salvador was a time of desperation and turmoil for the civilians of that small country. But it was the El Mozote Massacre that brought to light the many accusations of human right violations.
The El Mozote case alone demonstrated almost all of the human right violations that were recorded during the civil war.
Due to almost citizens being killed in a span of three days, the El Mozote Massacre came to be known as the most notorious case of human right violation in the history of El Salvador. One of the human right violations determined by the massacre was the right to a due process and fair trial.
The citizens should have been questioned first about the Guerrilla instead of just being executed. The citizens were also deprived of their safety and well being. According to the soldiers responsible for the killings, all of the inhabitants were protecting the guerrilla thus the killings of the inhabitants was justified in their eyes for the well being of the country.
Instilling unspoken pain to any human being is a violation to their rights because one is stripping that person of their identity and is inflicting unspoken pain into the victims. It is a violation especially if the victims are innocent and are being induced unnecessary pain.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that No One shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. From that mental stress the victims were happy of being killed because they would not endure the pain any longer.
Their right to life and security were stripped without any plausible reason. The killing of defenseless children and babies made the case important for investigators.
Babies were murdered ruthlessly at the hands of these men. Women and young girls were raped before being murdered and in the process of those actions the right to their security vanished.
Now all that remained in the ghost town were dead bodies of men, women, young girls, boys and babies. Truth Commission Report[ edit ] The United Nations Truth Commission took part in investigating the different acts of human right violations in the civil war in El Salvador and took initiative in investigating the El Mozote Massacre.
When the Truth Commission began to question the government about the massacre, the government insisted that the massacre never occurred. What they came across with their investigation stunned the whole world.
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Forensic investigation[ edit ] The Truth Commission stepped foot in the desolate soil of where the massacre occurred, the feeling in the atmosphere was heavy and filled with sadness. As soon as the investigators arrived, they immediately started investigating and they encountered gruesome findings.
They had found evidence of skeletal remains; children and seven adults.
As the forensic investigators kept observing they found evidence of torture on some of the bodies. Many of the victims also had gunshot wounds to the head.
The investigators also believed that children under ten years old were gathered in a room and cremated then crushed due to the fire destroying the homes. Unfortunately for the military and for the government, there had been a survivor who was successful in escaping the village.
Rufina Amaya, the only survivor was able to retell the accounts of those horrific days. Rufina Amaya[ edit ] Rufina Amayathe only survivor of El Mozote massacre, was 38 at the time of the killings. Amaya and 22 other women up to a hill.
Rufina recounts how she saw a mountain of dead people stacked on topped of each other, and at that moment she hurried to jump in a bush. Luckily for her sake, Mrs. Amaya was last in the line of women being taken to be executed.
Amaya remained in the bush throughout the whole night where she heard children and babies screaming in horror. Amaya then dug a hole where she screamed and then everything went silent. She was able to escape after that night.El Mozote is a village in the Morazán department in El Salvador.
It was the site of the El Mozote massacre during the civil war in December when nearly 1, civilians were killed by the U.S. School of the Americas-trained Salvadoran Army unit known as the Atlacatl Battalion.
El Mozote massacre in where hundreds of civilians where killed by the Salvadoran Army trained by the USA. PHOTO: Metro Latino In a typical operation, hundreds of civilians were massacred in November by Col. Ochoa’s Atlacatl unit as troops moved through the villages.
The New Yorker, December 6, P. A REPORTER AT LARGE about the massacre of the inhabitants of El Mozote, El Salvador, by Salvadoran Army troops of the Atlacatl companies, trained in the U.S.
As a survivor of the El Mozote massacre, her testimony was instrumental in the investigation by the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador. (Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos). El Mozote.
When crimes are allowed to go unpunished, everyone is at risk and human rights are in crisis. A fair trial in the emblematic El Mozote massacre case can help restore credibility in the justice system of a country where hundreds of thousands of people flee violence every year, often across international borders.
Remembering El Mozote, the Worst Massacre in Modern Latin American History It was the worst massacre in modern Latin American history. 2. Rufina Amaya in As a survivor of the El.