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Disappearances in the Post-Transition Era in Latin America$
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Karina Ansolabehere, Barbara A. Frey, and Leigh A. Payne

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197267226

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197267226.001.0001

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Wilson’s Testimony: Abuse of Authority

Wilson’s Testimony: Abuse of Authority

(p.185) 11 Wilson’s Testimony: Abuse of Authority
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Wilson (pseudonym) recounts the story of the disappearance and struggle to find his partner’s son. He shows the everyday forms of abuse by state authorities of suspected gang members and their families that can end in disappearance. He also explains the efforts family members take to try to find their disappeared relatives and the constraints they face in doing so. These barriers are imposed by state authorities and gangs. Against these odds, Wilson expresses how hope, solidarity with other relatives of the disappeared, and organisations of victims keep families motivated in their struggle.

Keywords:   ASDEHU, Barrio 18, COFADEVI, Disappearance, El Salvador, Testimony, Mara Salvatrucha

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