El Mozote Massacre
Sole Survivor Recalls El Mozote Massacre

The El Mozote Massacre took place in El Mozote, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981. The Salvadorian Army killed more than 800 civilians. Only one person, Rufina Amaya, survived the massacre. In this video, she recalls the day the massacre took place, saying: “They took me at about five in the afternoon. Only a few women and kids remained by this point. They took my four children from my arms. It took two soldiers because obviously I didn’t want to let them go. When I reached the end of the line, the women in front of me screamed and cried and asked from the heart to be saved and to be taken to San Miguel or Goter. They asked to be saved, but the soldiers didn’t listen. So when I saw the women begging for their lives and still being killed, I got on my knees in the dirt almost at the feet of the soldiers. I asked G-d to forgive me or save me. During the prayer I found a hiding place. There was a mound of wire, some branches and a small apple tree. I crawled in between those things and I put the branches over my feet to not be seen. I succeeded in staying there.”

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