Sister Nancy Marie Jamroz and S Maryann Agnes Mueller provided this account of Day Six in El Salvador:
After spending the night at Los Ranchos “hotel” — six in a room on bunk beds! — we began the bus ride back to San Salvador and stopped at the memorial of Maryknoll S Carla Piette. Sister Carla spent 15 years in Chile before volunteering for El Salvador, arriving the evening of Archbishop Romero’s death. She worked with Maryknoll’s Sister Ita Ford on an emergency team to rescue refugees in Chalatenango amid the country’s dangerous violence. She drowned pushing Sister Ita to safety in a flash flood accident that swept away the car in which she and Sister Ita were driving on August 23, 1980. Sister Ita was rescued after hanging onto a tree in the raging river. S Carla’s body was found the next day.
Sister Maura Clarke came from Guatemala and decided to stay on with Sister Ita. The history of the people of this region is captured on the wall murals lining the road into the village. They depict the people’s desire for peace, the massacre of the people of the region, the immigration of refugees to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and other countries including the U.S. as refugees, undocumented immigrants.
The evening ended with the typical Desidada — festive meal — and participants bade each other farewell, thanking the SHARE staff for the unforgettable and life-changing experience.