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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monument to Memory and Truth

This morning we had an orientation session for our delegation. In the afternoon a group went to the US embassy and the rest of us did some touring around town. First we went to a memorial wall where victims of the 1980s civil war are listed, including a 1986 massacre in our sister city of Arcatao. It is an impressive monument, with most of the dead, disappeared, and massacres dating from the early 1980s. Names on the wall that stood out included Rutilio Grande (tomorrow is the 32 anniversary of his assassination at Aguilares) and Oscar Romero. The 29th anniversary of his assassination is coming up on March 24.

We then went to the cathedral where Romero's body is held is a crypt under the cathedral. There is also an impressive monument to him there.

CRIPDES leader Lorena Martinez his coming to talk to us tonite.

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