Long wait for justice after El Mozote massacre

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Miriam Marquez holds the dress of a relative found in a mass grave on her property during ongoing excavations in the village of El Mozote, in the town of Meanguera, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Miriam Marquez holds the dress of a relative found in a mass grave on her property during ongoing excavations in the village of El Mozote, in the town of Meanguera, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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A man observes the remains of Petrona Chavarria and Vilma Ramos, who died in the El Mozote massacre. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

A man observes the remains of Petrona Chavarria and Vilma Ramos, who died in the El Mozote massacre. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Scissors found at an exhumation site are photographed in the village. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Scissors found at an exhumation site are photographed in the village. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Survivors of 1981’s El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation begun more than a quarter-century ago into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people, casting light on a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador’s civil war. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Survivors of 1981’s El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation begun more than a quarter-century ago into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people, casting light on a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador’s civil war. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Nila Torres and Ernesto Torres pose for a picture with the remains of their family members who died in the El Mozote massacre. The killings went unpunished because of an amnesty law that from 1993 prohibited prosecution of crimes from the war, which between 1980 and 1992 claimed 75,000 lives and led to over 8,000 disappearances. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Nila Torres and Ernesto Torres pose for a picture with the remains of their family members who died in the El Mozote massacre. The killings went unpunished because of an amnesty law that from 1993 prohibited prosecution of crimes from the war, which between 1980 and 1992 claimed 75,000 lives and led to over 8,000 disappearances. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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A human skull is unearthed as members of the forensic team and auxiliary workers exhume a grave at the site of the EL Mozote massacre. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

A human skull is unearthed as members of the forensic team and auxiliary workers exhume a grave at the site of the EL Mozote massacre. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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A machete found at an exhumation site. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

A machete found at an exhumation site. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Bodies of El Mozote victims rotted outdoors and many were devoured by animals, while others were buried or burned by soldiers involved in the operation. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Bodies of El Mozote victims rotted outdoors and many were devoured by animals, while others were buried or burned by soldiers involved in the operation. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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A jug found at an exhumation site. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

A jug found at an exhumation site. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Relatives participate in the funeral of Petrona Chavarria and Vilma Ramos, who died in the El Mozote massacre. In 1991, Argentine forensic experts began helping to disinter remains to identify the victims (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Relatives participate in the funeral of Petrona Chavarria and Vilma Ramos, who died in the El Mozote massacre. In 1991, Argentine forensic experts began helping to disinter remains to identify the victims (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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A cup found at an exhumation site.The investigation has given hope to Martinez and 60 other families seeking justice for their loved ones in El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

A cup found at an exhumation site.The investigation has given hope to Martinez and 60 other families seeking justice for their loved ones in El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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Twenty one small white coffins filled with bones were buried in the local cemetery amid speeches, songs and candles. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

Twenty one small white coffins filled with bones were buried in the local cemetery amid speeches, songs and candles. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)

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