Latin America

Civil war priest massacre case prompts reflection in El Salvador

Criminal proceedings into the infamous 1989 Jesuit massacre have been reopened, sparking hope that El Salvador could finally achieve some form of post-war transitional justice

People take part in a protest to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace accords that ended El Salvador Civil War, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo: Jose Cabezas/Reuters via Alamy
People take part in a protest to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace accords that ended El Salvador Civil War, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo: Jose Cabezas/Reuters via Alamy

Last week, the Catholic Church beatified two priests from El Salvador who were victims of massacres during the country’s 1979-1992 civil war. The conflict resulted in at least 75,000 deaths and left more than 12,000 missing, leaving open social and economic wounds still open today.

From the outside looking in, El Salvador appears to be a forward-thinking country, becoming the world’s first state to accept Bitcoin as an official currency, electing its youngest president in history, and becoming one of the most exciting destinations for foreign investment. But these civil war scars remain, particularly with regard to a...

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