Rufina Amaya(1943 - March 6, 2007) I feel blessed to have known Rufina and will always be humbled by her devotion commitment to the truth and finding justice. She was and always will be such an important part of my own journey. She is and always will remain an incredible inspiration for continuing our own efforts for working towards a more just and peaceful tomorrow.
Rufina was the sole survivor of the 1981 El Mozote (El Salvador) massacre. She helplessly watched as her children we killed; her husband beheaded and her entire community massacred. Though she wanted to die herself after witnessing so much horror she instead plead with God to let her live so that the truth of what happened would not be buried in the mass graves entombing her loved ones.
Her amazing courage and commitment to working for truth, justice and an end to impunity continued till her final days. Her story of survival and determination has inspired people from around the world; her courage and convictions will continue to influence the lives of countless people.
Rufina’s unyielding resolve for justice not only unearthed the truth about the El Mozote massacre, but it also brought to light the many horrific crimes and massacres that had been perpetrated by the Salvadoran military, as well as U.S. complicity in some of these atrocities.
I feel blessed to have known Rufina and will always be humbled by her unyielding commitment to educating others and working for justice. She was and always will be such an important part of my own journey and remains an incredible inspiration.
Rufina will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Presente!
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