"The light shines in the
darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it."
The following account is taken
from Mark Danner's description of the Massacre at El Mozote, El Salvador,
when, in 1981, the U.S. backed
Salvadoran military killed 767
people, many of them women and children.
This passage is powerful, and disturbing.
" Before and
during the massacre, the government soldiers had plundered the village and
raped many of its women. There was one girl, Danner says,
that the soldiers could
not get out of their minds, a girl whom they had raped many times during the
course of the afternoon.
All during her torture, this girl, an evangelical Christian, had sung hymns.
' She had kept right on
singing, too, even after they had done what had to be done, and shot her in
the chest. She had lain there
on La Cruz with the blood
flowing from her chest, and had kept on singing - a bit weaker than before,
but still singing. And the
soldiers, stupefied, had
watched and pointed. Then they had grown tired of the game and shot
her again, and she sang still, and
their wonder began to turn to
fear - until finally they had unsheathed their machetes and hacked through
and at last the singing had stopped.'
La Cruz was the name of
the hill where the soldiers raped and murdered.
The name, of course, means