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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER Z, 1990 PAGE 15 On lOth anniversary of deaths -- Murder of four U.S. church women ~r , Still raising questions in El Salvador 10 By Ines Pinto Alicea Recently, however, Congress called for a 50 percent cut in military aid to the country. Angered by last year's kill- ings of six Jesuits and their two house- keepers at a Salvadoran university, law- makers used the cut as a bargaining chip to keep both the rebels and the government in peace talks currently F, Washington - The lOth anniversary of i, the killings of four Catholic church tq , y0raen in E1 Salvador closes the door [ On any more criminal prosecutions in ] the case, but leaves open a window to [ hanging U.S. policy in the Central ] American country, said the brother of n hf stht:tut;m;limitations for addi- Ct ti0nal prosecutions expires Dec. 2. i Ten years ago on that date Ma/-yknoll Srs. Ita Ford, 40, and Maura Clarke, 49, i h0th of Brooklyn, NY, Ursuline Sr. 0rothy Kazel, 41, of Cleveland, OH, ,a d lay volunteer Jean Donovan, 27, of Stamford, CN, were murdered. Five former national guardsmen were COnvicted in the case and sen- a tented tO 30 years imprison- at ent in 1984. A Salvadoran Jadge rejected an amnesty Ppeal for the five in January Friends and family members the masterminds of the hi have not been pun- .Yl the important thing 0 Ze , ntinue efforts to is to al the people who are the a aSterminds (of the killings) to the ! terican people so they know the kind i! o o ment we vo ' ten funding and supporting in E1 Vador," William Ford, a New York attorney and brother of Ford, told atholic News Service. Jean Donovan o|in i/p" X I December 2I Sr. Ita Ford Ford, who travels to El Salvador yearly to visit his sister's grave and to help reform the Salvadoran judicial system through his work at the Lawyers Com- mittee for Human Rights. "The attention is good," Ford said. It has made people wonder if U.S. policy is helping or hurting the coun- try. It also has shown that the military hardware the U.S. sprinkles around the world has killed a lot of people." Few details are known about the women's last hours. On Dec. 2, 1980, Donovan and Kazel drove to the airport in San Salvador to pick up Ford and .Clarke, who were returning to El Salvador from a confer- ence. When the women did not return at the time they were expected, friends became concerned and reported them missing later that day. Two days later, their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave by a road- side between San Salvador and its air- port. The women were tortured and shot in the back of the head. At least two of the women had been raped. The two Maryknoll nuns were buried in El Salvador. Maryknoll has a tradition of burying members where they worked. Kazel and D0novan were buried in the U.S. Although the women have become martyrs for many and s ,]fibols 6Fwhat-many Catholic leaddrs say is a failed U.S. policy in the region, each woman was special in her own way. Donovan, nicknamed "St. Jean the Playful" by her friends because of her love for parties and meeting people, worked as a management consultant 6t the time of the women s deaths, in Cleveland before surprising friends and family with her plans to become a 10,000 Salvadorans had been tlll, ed in'the civil war between the U.S.- missionary in El Salvador. . Pported Salvadoran military and left- underway. , "It's hard to have your child go be- I:t re -- bels. Since then, another 65,000 The women s deaths serve as a re-fore you do," said Donovan's mother, v pie are reported to have lost their mind, er that the suffering goes on to- Patricia. "People say that in a year or day, said Ursuline Sr. Eileen Mary two, you'll be OK, but that's not true. Ir y : hordy after the women's deaths, the Collins, a spokeswoman for the com- It's hard for me to believe that I have government cut $25 million in munity. "Their lives serve to remind us not seen Jeannie in 10 years." # llaltary aid to El Salvador to force Sal- that a large part of the world is poor." Donovan and Kazel were called the it t tlran officials to punish the .killers, The deaths 10 years ago focused at- "blond angels because the two blond- 01 tlt the aid was resumed two weeks later tendon on the war in El Salvador andhaired women could be seen all over has continued ever since, the U.S. government's role in it, said the countryside-driving a little van, JOE INSURANCE AGENCY England, AR all lines of I Charter aBus! II iIlk Y bus available, from school bus to 1t ~lr~"~ ~~"~~ ~~ II lllIlouston-Bigelow Bus Lines II I! Arrow Coach Lines II tll . -SOO o to, free II , !11 II 12 1 N. 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