This year, the anniversary of the martyrs of the UCA (El Salvador) has coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Ellacuría Foundation (Fundación Ellacuría), an institution dedicated to accompanying, serving and defending migrants in Bizkaia. What better way to summarise these events than the testimony of a Salvadoran volunteer at the Foundation, who attended this memorial in Bilbao for the first time:
“Celebrating and being a part of the 10th anniversary of the Ellacuría Foundation has gifted me with touching experiences. Witnessing the act of commemoration of the martyrs of the UCA, together with people from all over the world, sharing prayers, poems, and songs to remember them, was truly unique. Everything I experienced during the anniversary made me feel at home. For I’ve taken part the same celebration years ago in my home country, El Salvador, at the university at which I studied and at which Ignacio Ellacuría was rector. And I now feel very grateful to have studied there. For it fills me with joy and satisfaction that my closeness to Ellacuría’s story and legacy in El Salvador motivated me to approach the Foundation, which I feel very fortunate to be a part of.
During the celebration I also had the chance to attend a conference by Luis Die, who has researched the work of Ellacuría. He reflected on the things Ellacuría advocated and condemned in El Salvador, and how this can be applicable to the current landscape in the Spanish State. This lecture left it clear in my mind that the justice which Ellacuría demanded remains to be achieved, both in El Salvador and in Spain. However, his claims and words are what must continue to encourage the work of institutions like the Foundation Ellacuría and the people who support it. At the Foundation you feel welcome, a hero in your day-to-day life. That is without doubt a reflection of Ellacuría’s legacy.
When participating in the last of these activities arranged for his anniversary, I could see that those ten years had formed a beautiful and multi-cultural family, empowered and committed to dignifying and being dignified in every action.
Congratulations to the Ellacuría Foundation on their 10th anniversary, for continuing their work and for giving a voice to the voiceless, as Ignacio Ellacuría highlighted. Thank you!”
Blaidy Herrera- Salvadoran student and volunteer at the Ellacuría Foundation
** This English translation has been possible thanks to the PerMondo project: Free translation of website and documents for non-profit organisations. A project managed by Mondo Agit. Translator: Matt Hattam