1982 was a dangerous time in El Salvador.
The civil war had begun two years earlier, and in rebel-held areas, the national army saw everyone - peasant farmers, babies, women and the elderly - as legitimate military targets.
By 1982 the armed forces had already committed a string of massacres across the country.
In August that year, the Salvadoran armed forces launched a major offensive across the northern San Vicente region – an area considered by the military as a guerrilla stronghold. As news of the offensive spread, communities in San Vicente began to flee in fear for their lives. Many of those who stayed on to tend the crops were the elderly, women and young children.
They had stayed thinking they would be safe at home.
No-one could imagine what was about to come.