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  • Writer's pictureJaime Gutierrez

Commemorating the Legacy of Marianella García: A Tribute to the Defence of Human Rights

In an emotional event held in the district of Suchitoto, the Association for the Development of El Salvador (CRIPDES), the Sisters of Loretto, and the Marianella community came together to honor the memory of Marianella García Villas. Marianella, a prominent human rights defender, philosopher, lawyer, and president of the Independent Human Rights Commission of El Salvador, gave her life denouncing the violence endured by the poor during the country's armed conflict.

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The Symbol of a Continuing Struggle

Marianella García Villas is remembered not only as a martyr for human rights but also as a symbol of the history, organization, and struggle of the Salvadoran people. The La Bermuda community, named in her honor by the local population, has become a living testament to her legacy and commitment to social justice.

The Dedication of the Sisters of Loretto

The Sisters of Loretto, hailing from Canada and the USA have played a crucial role in the development of the Marianella community. Since the community's foundation, they have provided unwavering support to the 75 families that comprise it. They have supported various projects, from land purchases to educational and social initiatives, demonstrating their commitment to the principles of justice and equity that Marianella championed.
During the commemoration, students from the Las Américas Educational Complex performed a folkloric dance in gratitude to the Sisters of Loretto, highlighting their presence and continuous support in the region. This expression of gratitude reflects the positive and lasting impact of their work in the community.

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A Lasting Tribute

The event also included the unveiling of a bust of Marianella and a mural created by artist Juan José, which honors key figures in the fight for human rights, including Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Marianella García, Evanne Hunter of the Sisters of Loretto, Father Mark Jendrysik, and Father Tilo Sánchez. This mural not only beautifies the community but also serves as a constant reminder of the sacrifice and dedication of these leaders.
Keeping the Memory Alive
The purpose of this event is to keep the memory of Marianella García alive and pass on her legacy to future generations. "Marianella is an example for them because this is how one can make a difference in the world,” concluded Sr. Evanne Hunter. Her message resonates strongly, inspiring both young and old to continue the fight for human rights and social justice.

The commemoration of Marianella García Villas not only honors her memory but also reinforces the commitment of the Sisters of Loretto and the entire community to defend human rights. Through their work and dedication, the Sisters of Loretto continue Marianella’s legacy, striving for a more just and equitable world for all.

Based on an article by Gabriela Sandoval from Diario Co Latino
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