• Over two decades after the civil war, Salvadorans are still looking for their lost loved ones.
  • Decades later, no one has been held responsible for ordering these atrocities.
  • We cannot learn from our history until we confront the consequences it wrought.
  • The conflict that racked El Salvador was fueled by international forces, particularly the US government.


Today, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights is proud to release the Unfinished Sentences Testimony Archive, an online library of oral histories by survivors of El Salvador’s armed conflict. Developed in partnership with the Human Rights Institute of the Central American University, the Testimony Archive presents more than 7 hours of interviews with 48 residents of the community of Arcatao, Chalatenango, along with a growing collection of supplementary information including historical context and resources for students and educators. Learn more about the archive…


Our Mission

Unfinished Sentences is an initiative of the University of Washington Center for Human Rights to encourage public participation in support of human rights in El Salvador. Through this effort, we aim to document and share the stories of survivors of crimes against humanity committed in the context of El Salvador’s armed conflict, and to support Salvadoran efforts for truth and accountability.