Salvadorans await justice in civil war killings as one of its first victims sainted

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Archbishop Óscar Romero, an advocate for the poor, was one of 75,000 killed by the country’s US-backed military

When Guadalupe Mejía began searching for her husband – a community leader who had been forcibly disappeared by Salvadoran armed forces in 1977 – it was Óscar Romero who encouraged her to speak out despite the danger.

“Unite and that’s how you’ll be able to find your loved ones,” Mejía, 75, remembers the archbishop of San Salvador telling her and other bereaved women. “He supported us and was always beside us in everything we did.”

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