Digging for justice


By Sarah Esther Maslin—The Economist—January 2, 2016—

One afternoon eight months ago in the mountains of eastern El Salvador, Rosario Sánchez peered into a pit where forensic experts were at work. They were unearthing human remains—two skinny leg bones, several ribs and two halves of a skull. One held up a thin chain hardened with blood and soil. Ms Sánchez gasped. “My sister loved that necklace,” she said.

Over three days in December 1981 soldiers from the Salvadorean army, who had been trained by the United States, machinegunned hundreds of unarmed men, women and children in the village of El Mozote and surrounding hamlets …