"I KNEW IN MY HEART THAT SHE WAS ALIVE": FAMILIES IN EL SALVADOR ARE FINALLY REUNITED WITH CHILDREN ABDUCTED DURING THE COUNTRY'S CIVIL WAR
Text by Nina Lakhani
Josefina Flores was given two choices: give up her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter – her youngest child – for adoption by a childless couple… or risk all three of her children being shot dead.
It was a decision no mother should have to make, but this was El Salvador in 1984, during one of the bloodiest periods of the tiny Central American nation's brutal 12-year civil war – and Josefina was one among hundreds whose children were forcibly taken and illegitimately put up for adoption after being snatched by the armed forces, which carried out massacre after massacre in rural villages suspected to be supportive of the leftist guerrillas.
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