Survivor testimonies and declassified US government documents tell the story of a brutal 1986 military operation in the town of Arcatao, Chalatenango.
Newly declassified US government cables reveal that State Department officials were aware of the massacre of civilians by the Salvadoran military on the banks of the River Lempa in March 1981.
Recently declassified US government documents released to the UW Center for Human Rights by the US Department of State permit a glimpse into behind the scenes discussions of atrocities at a key moment in the Salvadoran armed conflict.
Research documents gross violations of human rights in 1981 military operation in Cabañas department, including the indiscriminate killing of civilians by forces commanded by retired Coronel Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez.
A secret document from the civil war era catalogued the Salvadoran military’s “enemies,” many of whom were killed or disappeared.