La Joya Massacre Burial
The massacre at La Joya is one of six mass killings that took place in villages within the municipality of Meanguera from Dec. 11-13, 1981, by the US-trained Atlacatl Battalion of the Salvadorian Armed Forces, left over 900 civilian victims and are known collectively as the Massacre at El Mozote and surrounding villages.
Earlier in 2016, an amnesty law signed after the 1992 Peace Accords that prevented war crimes from being investigated and tried was lifted by El Salvador's Supreme Court, allowing cases like El Mozote to proceed legally against its perpetrators.
All photographs taken on the 35th anniversary of the events that coincided with the mass burial of 21 of the victims. Meanguera, El Salvador, December 2016.
Published in the New York Times Lens Page on Feb. 2017.