Thursday, August 14, 2014

El Salvador Update, Thursday

Well, last night the travelers had some fun! Check out this video to see Rev. Amy meeting a challenge given to her by Diane and Ken Nelson. To see it go HERE. One must wonder what the Salvadorians think of us. Maybe Amy should have challenged one of the Salvadorians!

Here is what Rev. Amy had to say about how things are going: 
"Everyone had a good nights sleep last night. Bug bites are receding. We can´t live without beans at every meal - just had a nice helping! Sewing machines and fabric received with tears of joy."


Today, after a breakfast that included beans, the travelers went o visit the Martyr Site of the Mary knolls Sisters. This Catholic order of service (these four were teaching reading and writing, infant care, and doing the bookkeeping) eventually had to leave El Salvador because of threats and what happened to these four American Women.

Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel, four American churchwomen

On the evening of December 2, 1980 Jean and Dorothy drove to Comalapa International Airport to pick up Maura and Ita, who were arriving from Nicaragua. On the way home the women were stopped by the National Guard, kidnapped at gunpoint, raped, and executed. Their bodies were left to rot on the side of the road. The Salvadoran regime claimed that the women had been the victims of a robbery.
The site of their abuse and murder is important because of the ways the U. S. government supported the attack and cover-up. In the U. S. it also increased negative publicity of El Salvador.

For us, it can be also be an object lesson to what Oscar Romero said: 
"Christ invites us not to fear persecution because, believe me, brothers and sisters, the one who is committed to the poor must run the same fate as the poor, and in El Salvador we know what the fate of the poor signifies: to disappear, be tortured, to be held captive - and to be found dead."

Next they went to Jiquilisco Bay.
 There there would be time to relax a bit, dip into the Pacific Ocean, and learn that El Salvador is working on Environmental issues. Jiquilisco Bay is a Biosphere Reserve that protects some of El Salvador's most important natural habitat. Located along the southeast Pacific coast, the reserve protects roughly 400 square kilometers, which includes 50 km of coastline (about 31 miles). 

This bay is one of two major nesting areas for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in the Eastern Pacific, comprising about 45% of the region's nests. Local researchers have been working since 2008 to protect the turtles in this bay through a combination of an innovative egg collection program, environmental education, and scientific research.

After dinner there is Dancing class. 

This picture is stolen from Nancy Fowler's facebook page. But it is not clear where this is.  Or when. But it is dancing and Nancy took the picture. 

Tomorrow brings politics and art for our travelers.