Central America, Spring ^10

March 1, 2010

UCA, Jesuits, FMLN…

Filed under: Uncategorized — samanthabass @ 12:14 am

Thursday morning we went back to the UCA (University of Central America) and a student gave us a tour of the location where the six Jesuit priests were masacred, the museum, and the church. After I walked around the campus a bit, the library had an exibit about the ‘birth of jazz.’ We ate lunch in the cafeteria, it was similar to most student cafeterias but outside.

Friday morning, Emily and I left for our weekend homestay. We stayed in two separate houses next to each other, in an area a little outside the city. We helped cook lunch and then in the afternoon our hosts families showed us a healing/meditation center they started with some friends to recover spiritually and emotionally after the war. Saturday we took the bus to San Francisco de Asis church and saw where several martyrs are burried. We spent a lot of time talking with our families because the neighborhoods aren’t safe to walk around, especially at night. This morning we went to mass with our families. The church still preaches many principles of liberation theology, and there are monuments to Romero in the church.

Across the street from my house there was a huge mural with the slogan of FMLN (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion National). They were the revolutionary guerrilla coalition during the 80s, and were just voted into power last year. They ran on the slogans “esperanza y cambio,” the equivalent of “hope and change.”



  1. Hi Samanta,

    It looks like you go to a lot of masses. Have you

    come across any Jewish houses of worship?

    You’re getting quite an education in Central

    American history and politics. And having fun too.

    Love your postings,

    Grandma and Grandpa

    Comment by Cyndi and Dave Davis — March 4, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    • hi grandma and grandpa, my program coordinator said there’s a small Jewish community in the capital and I’m going to go to one of their services before i leave. there’s not really Jews in Guatemala or Nicaragua. we go to a lot of masses because my class here is a religion course on liberation theology. the church is really important for a lot of people in central america, and had a huge impact on organizing communities during the war. i’m learning a lot and meeting really cool people, lots of fun. i’m glad you like my posts!

      Comment by samanthabass — March 7, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

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