Christians for Peace in El Salvador representative to speak at Spring Hill College Sept. 15

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 4:00pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Francisco Mena, a native of El Salvador and country coordinator for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ), will make a presentation about his country and the realities of its civil war at Spring Hill College at 6 p.m Thursday, Sept. 15. in the LeBlanc Conference Room of the SHC Student Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

In 2012, El Salvador, a small, war-torn nation that had suffered through a 12-year civil war during the tumultuous 1980s, will celebrate two decades of an international peace accord. But since 1992, El Salvador has been anything but peaceful, suffering from gang violence, natural disasters and one of the worst economies in the world. The mission of groups founded during the civil war, such as CRISPAZ, continues to be relevant for its efforts at bringing people of faith together from North and Central America.

Mena, himself, was a victim of the war. In 1981, his father, Francisco Sandoval Mena, a captain in the notorious Salvadoran National Guard, joined forces with rebel fighters, forcing the younger Mena and his family to flee for their lives. Mena tells of his experience of moving from Nicaragua to Cuba and finally to the United States, where he spent much of the formative years of his life. His family later moved to Mexico, and Mena eventually returned to his native land, where he now leads the operations for U.S.-based CRISPAZ.

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