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CAS 100 Student’s name: Austin Dycus Dr. Wiltberger Reading Response Sheet Name of text: Truth Commission Report on El Salvador, From Madness to Hope: The 12-Year War in El Salvador, Illustrative Case: El Mozote Author of text: United Nations What is the main idea/thesis/argument in this text? The report tells the story of the Massacre of El Mozote in 1980, a village in El Salvador wiped out by the Salvadoran Army. Provide explanations of five supporting ideas, evidence, and examples used by the author(s) to support the main idea. (If this is not a scholarly research article, but instead a piece of creative literature, film, radio interview, news story, etc., then break the work down into sections to explain the series of important events/ideas presented in the story, documentary, interview, episode, etc.). 1. On December 11th 1981, more than 200 men, women, and children were slaughtered in the village of El Mozote by the Atlacatl Battalion as part of an anti-guerilla campaign known as “Operación Rescate”. After being detained for a full day, the citizens were systematically interrogated, tortured and killed. First the men, who the soldiers accused of being guerillas, then the women, and finally the children. This was one of the first civilian massacres of Operación Rescate that would occur over the next few days. 2. The Massacre became public knowledge in January the following year, after both New York Times and Washington Post reporters visited the scene and published their reports back in the states. Immediately following that, a multitude of human rights organizations denounced the massacre and the Salvadorian authorities denied its existence, refusing to launch an investigation. However, pressure from eye witnesses, and a criminal case brought by Pero Chicas Romero, led the San Francisco Gotera Court of the First Instance to order the remains of the slaughtered citizens exhumed and request the Salvadoran government for the information of all those involved. 3. The Exhumation provided overwhelming evidence that the Massacre had taken place, not only proving it happened, but how the citizens were killed, how many were killed, and the estimated number of soldiers that participated in the slaughter. The exhumation, forensic research, and investigation was consistently interfered with
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  • Spring '15
  • celia simonds
  • I, Rigoberta Menchu, El Salvador, Rigoberta Menchú, scholarly research article, Spanish Embassy

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