Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On March 30

On this day in ...
... 2007, María Julia Hernández (left) died from a heart attack at age 68 in San Salvador, El Salvador. She'd been a human rights activist during the country's civil war, having begun to work in the Archdiocese of San Salvador in 1977, at the same time that Oscar Romero was denouncing human rights violations, and she continued in that role after Romero's assassination in 1980. In 1983 Hernández became director of the San Salvador archbishop's legal aid office, and so dedicated herself to helping civilians harmed during the war.

(Prior March 30 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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