Welcome to the English pages of the Committee of the Mothers Monsignor Romero. COMADRES, founded to aid the victims and families of victims of disappearances and murders during the Civil War in El Salvador, continues to work on that mission, and other human rights issues. Please use the links below for information about our history, projects, and contact/donation information. In addition, an overview can be found at the bottom of this page.
Essay from Desaparecidos.org, a global human rights group:
Comadres was set up in 1977, when 'disappearances' were the order of the day in El Salvador. The group came into existence because relatives of 'disappeared' persons felt the need to share their grief with partners in misfortune and to unite forces with them. At the moment Comadres is working on 4,000 cases of 'disappearances', an emotionally arduous job for the relatives. On the one hand the women know that their 'disappeared' husbands and children probably have been killed, on the other hand, as long as the body hasn't been found there is always a spark of hope that makes them believe that one day the missing person may return home. This glimmer of hope gives strength to the organization: the fight goes on.
Meanwhile the women of Comadres have extended their activities. They are involved in human rights education. On the social and economic level they undertake joint activities too. Because of the 'disappearance' of their husbands or sons, the economic situation of the women, already belonging to the economic lower class, has become worse. Most of them demand financial compensation from the government. But financial compensation isn't the most important issue; much more important is the social, mental and political support. Finally, the women of Comadres are trying to get psychological help for children who have been traumatized by the events that took place during the civil war in El Salvador.On the 16th of January 1992, the peace agreements, that ended a decade of civil war, were signed. Now there is peace in El Salvador, but this doesn't mean that the underlying problems have been solved. After the report of the U.N. Truth Commission was published in March 1993, the government of El Salvador proclaimed a general amnesty. As a consequence, victims of human rights violations risk to run across their torturers in the streets. An adverse effect of the peace agreements is that the support for Comadres from abroad has ended. For outsiders the problems in El Salvador have been solved. Yet death-squads are still operating and the real job, the struggle against impunity, has yet to begin.