How El Salvador's revolutionary war tore the Church apart
Archbishop Óscar Romero’s assassination in 1980 precipitated El Salvador’s long and bloody civil war. The Catholic Church was left torn between the ruling right and the rebelling left.
Romero condemned the conflict, urging the US to suspend military aid and calling upon Salvadoran soldiers to defy orders to kill civilians. This outspoken entreaty led to his murder. This 1983 report gives a powerful insight into the first years of the war, from the guerrilla camps in the jungles to acts of violent dissent on the streets.