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More from El Salvador: Victims of abuses during civil war speak out at International Tribunal

May 9, 2009

The testimonies heard by the Tribunal were powerful and disturbing.
They narrated stories of incredible human suffering -death threats,
tortures, disappearances, assassinations, scorched earth campaigns,
massacres- all committed directly by or with the complicity of the
Salvadoran Armed Forces.

Julio Rivera offered his testimony and told of how on March 11,
1980, at the age of 7, he witnessed the killing of his mother and three
remaining siblings, because his mother had advocated for political
prisoners. Only days later -in hiding with his father- he witnessed the
massacre at the Sumpul River committed by Salvadoran military in
collaboration with local paramilitary groups and the Honduran military.
Thirteen members of his extended family were killed in the

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