El Mozote Monument

El Mozote Monument, Perquin: Address, El Mozote Monument Reviews: 4.5/5

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ebonypleasants
San Salvador, El Salvador40 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
At the site of the monument in 1981, close to 1,000 innocent civilians were massacred by the U.S. trained(School of Americas) -Salvadoran military. Half of the victims were children.

There was a sole survivor who told her harrowing account to many across the world since the Salvadoran and US governments were trying to suppress the information. This was not the first nor last massacre that occurred during the civil war that last but it was the largest.

Learn the story from the volunteer tour guides but please, remember to tip them and buy something from their gift shop.
Written June 8, 2014
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Eldereaglewatcher
Chippewa Falls, WI1,089 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
El Mozote is the site of the massacre ln December 11, 1981 of all the civilians who lived there except one. About 1000 people were killed, 80% of them under the age of 18 and many under the age of 12. There is a memorial in the city listing the names by family of those killed. An explanation of the memorial and history of the massacre are given by descendants of those killed. The part the US played in making something like this possible cannot be minimized, even though at the time we in the US were not told the truth. The lone survivor, Rufina Amaya, told of the massacre, which was reported by the New York Times and Washington Post but denied as "gross exaggeration" by the Reagan administration. Read more about this. The slogan is "El Mozote Never Again". There's a nearby gift shop owned by the women of the community, and one can walk to other sites, including a new monument about 1Km away. You can also drive there. It's definitely a sobering visit, but the people who returned and repopulated the community are inspirational. They will not let the story die. Even an 8 year old boy told us a story of his ancestors who were killed.
Written February 20, 2018
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Frijolero
Europe61 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Along with the museum, this place is very humbling. El Mozote should be visited by all travelers to El Salvador in the same way that Anne Franks house should be by anyone visiting the Netherlands or the Berlin wall by anyone visiting Germany.
Written March 10, 2017
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EgyptTripper
Vancouver48 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
We visited Mozote on a recommendation. It was moving, commemorating an awful event - the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children by the then-government during the civil war 35 years ago. An older lady gave us a moving account in Spanish (you either know Spanish or bring an interpreter). Worth a visit but at the end of the day, not the beginning as knowing the details will color the rest of your day.
Written March 5, 2017
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Peter S
Amersham, UK1,035 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
How could such slaughter happen? Our guide thought the soldiers were drugged. Names and ages on the plaques so many babies.
Written February 18, 2017
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Carlos Scott Lopez
Sydney, Australia123 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
Very moving display and historical site in honor of the upwards of 800+ people slaughtered in the Mozote Massacre. Only challenge is getting there: there's basically no regular or reliable public transport, so one either has to walk - or hope for lifts. Best if one has one's own transport or be prepared to contribute a day getting there - and doing lots of walking!
Written November 18, 2016
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Robert E
Pawtucket, RI215 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
I won't retell the chilling details from other reviewers. But I will remind readers that El Mozote is where Bill O'Reilly said he visited just after the massacre. He lied. His fictional account was what misled Americans away from the horrors that they had facilitated by supporting Reagan and his misguided interference in Central America. O'Reilly's prominence today is nauseating.
Written February 23, 2016
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5tries
Ames, IA129 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Being at the site of such horrible human loss was very humbling. A docent tells the story to make it even more sobering. A small gift shop is available nearby.
Written February 6, 2016
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Robert
Oakland, CA23 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
A "must-see" because it is so emblematic of the tragedy of El Salvador's civil war (1979-1992). Over 1000 children, women, and men were slaughtered here in 1981 by the US sponsored, trained, and equipped Salvadorian army as that army sought through 'necessary genocide' to eliminate peasant support for rebel guerrillas in the area. Just to see the names of the children, and the graves where they were tossed after being killed, is heart-wrenching. Getting to El Mozote is not easy, but first go to the Museo de la Revolution in Perquin, then make the trek. It is well worth it. You'll never forget.
Written February 17, 2014
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