Diane Therese Pinchot on Aftermath of El Salvador Civil War

The following clips can be aligned to the following Ohio Department of Education Social Studies Standards:

American History #24: The United States followed a policy of containment during the Cold War in response to the spread of communism.

American History #25: The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism reflected Cold War fears in American society.

Contemporary World Issues #11: Decisions about human activities made by individuals and societies have implications for both current and future generations, including intended and unintended consequences.

Ursuline Sister Diane Therese Pinchot recalls the moment she stepped into the airport in El Salvador one month after the civil war ended in 1992. She distinctly remembers a heavy presence of armed guards even though the conflict had recently ended. She was going to El Salvador to work on the chapel in remembrance of the four churchwomen. Aside from her mind filling with the thoughts of what fellow Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and other Ursuline sisters must have experienced working in El Salvador, Sr. Diane was thrust into the immediate aftermath of a bloody civil war. Many young boys were involved in the civil war – from both sides, and their participation has lasting consequences for the social and economic stability of the rural parts of El Salvador (1). Proving once again, that although the war had ended, the violence, healing, and reconciliation was only just beginning.

Possible Classroom Uses:

  1. This clip can be used in conjunction with any other El Salvador historical background clips on this site.
  2. This clip demonstrates the destructive nature of wars and may help a class form analogies towards the aftermath of other armed conflicts in Central and South America.


(1) Sheila Marie Tobbe interview, 09 August 2016″ (2016). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 750011.
https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/crohc000/774; EL Salvador Nuevas Ideas, “In the Name of the People:El Salvador’s Civil War 1985 DOCUMENTARY,” Youtube. Published November 11, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2018.

[Photo Credit: The chapel dedicated to the four churchwomen. Daphne Held, July 5, 2015.]