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"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 


During El Salvador's merciless 12-year civil war, hundreds of children were forcibly taken by the military and illegally put up for adoption, many overseas. Only now, more than three decades since the hostilities began, are some of those children finally finding their families again


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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