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Phillip Bourgois testifies at the International Tribunal.

University of Pennsylvania Professor Dr. Philippe Bourgois (left) testifies about the Salvadoran military’s slaughter of fleeing civilians in the Santa Cruz massacre. In November 1981, while doing field research in rural communities in El Salvador, Dr. Bourgois was trapped in an invasion by troops under the command of Col. Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez. He survived twelve days of intermittent massacres, fleeing under fire alongside the local population. Dr. Bourgois, who now holds the position of Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Community and Family Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, returned to El Salvador to give a sworn declaration in the open criminal case against Col. Ochoa.////Desde el año 2009, los sobrevivientes de violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas antes y durante la guerra civil en El Salvador se han reunido para compartir sus testimonios y pedir justicia por los crímenes sufridos. Este año, el Tribunal se celebró en la comunidad de Santa Marta, en el Departamento de Cabañas, que fue objeto de una serie de operaciones de “tierra arrasada” llevadas a cabo por fuerzas militares salvadoreñas durante los años ochenta.

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