Mozote, El Salvador the scene of the country’s most atrocious wartime massacre.

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If you were staying in Perquin or nearby then I would say this is a town to visit to learn some of the history of El Salvador’s civil war. The town is very easy to reach by a combination of bus, pickup and walking. In Perquin you can go on a guided tour for $5.00 USD dollars and they handle all the logistics of getting you there. My friend and I were walking the last couple miles and someone stopped in a truck and gave us a free ride part of the distance.

The Story of what happened.

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Once arriving at the town of Mozote a young lady gave us a short tour and explained the history of the massacre of the town. You can leave a donation after the tour, since the people of the town keep the memorial alive with their own money. I gave a dollar for the upkeep and a dollar to the young lady.

This is the wall of everyone murdered in the town.

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This is the gate to the memorial garden beside the church. The remains of the 250 kids murdered are in the rose garden.

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The rose garden that the kids remains were buried.

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The ages of some of the children murdered.

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The church wall.

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The only person to survive the massacre. She fled to Honduras naked. She died about 3 years ago (I believe) and is buried in Mozote. She did return eventually to her town and live.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/09/world/americas/09amaya.html

The church that was rebuilt.

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