Before the Salvadoran Civil War, Fascinating Photos Capture Everyday Life of El Salvador in the 1970s

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The Salvadoran Civil War was a civil war in El Salvador which was fought between the military-led junta government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) (a coalition or “umbrella organization” of left-wing groups) from 15 October 1979 to 16 January 1992. A coup on 15 October 1979, was followed by killings of anti-coup protesters by the government and of anti-disorder protesters by the guerrillas, and is widely seen as the start of civil war.

The fully-fledged civil war lasted for more than 12 years. An unknown number of people disappeared while the UN reports that the war killed more than 75,000 people between 1979 and 1992. In 1990, the UN began peace negotiations and on 16 January 1992, a final agreement, the Chapultepec Peace Accords, was signed by the combatants in Mexico City, formally ending the conflict.
These fascinating photos were taken by Carlos B. Cordova that show what life of El Salvador looked like in the 1970s.
Sorbetes Mellow, San Salvador, 1972

San Salvador, 1972

Sunset in Metalio, 1973

Preparing the palm leaves with May blossoms for the procession, Panchimalco, 1975

Procession of the Palms, Panchimalco, 1975

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