27 Years: A Conversation with CASA about the Jesuit Martyrs and their Companions

ISN had the opportunity to speak with Kevin and Trena Yonkers-Talz, co-founders and directors of the Casa de la Solidaridad, a program of Santa Clara University based at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. Joining Kevin and Trena was their colleague Lidia Ramirez, who was a friend of Elba Ramos prior to the 1989 murders. The conversation was originally broadcast on Facebook Live on November 16, 2016.

Ellacuría: Are We Really Dead?

“From my point of view – and this may be simultaneously somewhat prophetic and paradoxical – the United States is in a much worse situation than Latin America. Because the United States has a solution, but, in my opinion, it is a bad solution, both for them and for the world in general.
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Here in El Salvador, Life is Worthless

Fr. Ignacio Ellacuría SJ, president of the University of Central America (UCA) during the Salvadoran Civil War, had an incredible gift for discerning the uncomfortable truths behind complex events. This gift would lead to his assassination in 1989. In an essay on what Ellacuría meant to him, Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, a friend and colleague, recalls that “In the face of the horrors of those years, Ignacio used to say with shock and pain, ‘Here in El Salvador, life is worthless.’”