Families Torn Apart by Decades of War Are Finally Finding Each Other—on Facebook

Parents whose children disappeared decades ago are turning to the world’s biggest social network as a lifeline.

Lilian waiting at the bus stop in downtown San Salvador on November 26, 2020. Photos: Felix Eduardo Melendez for OneZero
Lilian shows her daughter Dalinda Segovia’s Facebook profile.
Left: Lilian on the bus caravan of Central American mothers looking for their relatives who disappeared while trying to emigrate. Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants was organized by organized by Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, a Mexican NGO. Right: Lilian performed a Mayan ritual for spiritual healing in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, on the trip with the Caravan of Mothers.
Top left and right: On November 24, 2019, after 30 years of separation, Lilian hugged her son Salvador Isidro Segovia Alvarado and daughter Dalinda Segovia for the first time in Marín, a village in Nuevo Leon, Monterrey. Bottom: Lilian, with her son and daughter, speaking to local media after the family reunion.
Photos of Lilian’s children and grandchildren, including a few photos she took with her daughter when they reunited in Mexico.
Lilian at COFAMIDE, an NGO in El Salvador that searches for disappeared family members.

Freelance journalist based in Mexico City. @mayaaverbuch

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