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16/01/1992 The twelve-year civil war in El Salvador ends

The Salvadoran Civil War was a conflict between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, a coalition of five left-wing guerrilla groups. The full-fledged civil war lasted for more than 12 years and saw extreme violence from both sides.


  • Essentials 

  • Background 

  • Coup d'état, repression and insurrection: 1979–81 

  • "Draining the Sea" 

  • Interim government and continued violence: 1982–1984 

  • Duarte presidency: 1984–1989 

  • Death squads and peace accords: 1990–1992 

  • Aftermath 

  • Human Rights Commission of El Salvador 

  • Post-war international litigation