Because this book is a collaborative effort we would like to acknowledge some people individually and others jointly.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the importance of my children, my friends, the Salvadoran people, and my country. I remember and thank my parents in Izalco and all my relatives, my grandparents, and friends who were so much a part of the story that is this book. All of you brought me happiness, love, made me laugh and sometimes cry with all the pain we suffered. I thank all of you in my blessed family who shared so much happiness and pain with me. I would like to acknowledge the struggle of the courageous women who are my compañeras in CO-MADRES. They walked with me up the difficult road of confronting the horrible realities of war and the loss of loved ones. Thanks to them I was able to become a part of CO-MADRES. I will never forget all the affection and material and spiritual help they gave me. We will continue together in our struggle until there are no more disappeared and justice has been achieved in El Salvador.
I would like to thank all of my friends who helped with this book, and especially Lynn, who had the idea to turn my life story into a book.
This book has been a truly collaborative process that brought me many new friends and insights. My first appreciation goes to María, who had the inspiration, fortitude, and patience to follow this project through. Her wonderful ability to tell her story in an inspiring and powerful manner is the heart of this book. Martin Diskin first inspired my interest in El