"…and the children there, in La Joya, crying and screaming for their mothers and they were grabbed, kicked and beaten, and then they killed them, some by slitting their throats, others were set on fire still alive, and one soldier almost went mad because a child wouldn't die, first he stabbed him, then he threw gasoline on him, then when he saw the child wasn't going to die, he machine gunned him."
- 1981 witness to the massacre by the Salvadoran army
"I am certain that all the blood spilled and all the pain of the families of so many victims will not be in vain. "
- Monsignor Oscar Romero