Martyrdom
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"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. 

 

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      " 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 her neck,

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 'The Cross'."

 

 

 

Gil Bailie,

"Violence Unveiled"

1995