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This is an interview that myself and my PhD student (Pablo Bradbury) did with Sister Pamela Huzzey, a nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. In the interview Pamela talks about her experiences in El Salvador and Liberation Theology and its role in the Latin American conflicts. It's a fascinating if somewhat rambling but very congenial interview done with an amazing woman (in her 90s and sadly no longer with us) but I'd recommend you listen to it as well as reading her short book Free from Fear (details in the handbook) in which she talks about the religious activism of women in El Salvador during the conflict. She talks in the interview about the repression, the murders of religious men and women and the connections of nuns to the guerrilla.
During the interview we're also joined by another nun, Sister Mary, from the SHCJ who worked in Chile just after the dictatorship and who sometimes chips in with a Chilean perspective.
Pamela was a fascinating woman, born in Argentina in 1922, she travelled back to England at the onset of WWII and worked for Bletchley Park (now GCHQ). in 2018 she was awarded the highest French honour and named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) for “Sigint [signals intelligence] activities during the Second World War [that] were responsible for saving countless allied lives and played a key role in the liberation of France.”. Prior to this (and prior to our meeting her) she had been awarded an MBE.
In 1981 she started work for the CIIR (Catholic Institute for International Relations) (now Progressio) on the Latin American desk which led to her involvement in El Salvador.
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