Born 1943 - Deceased March 6, 2007
Rufina was the sole survivor of the 1981 El Mozote (El Salvador) massacre. She helplessly watched as her children were 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 will be greatly missed but never forgotten.