The Murder of the Butterflies

The time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic was years of tears, blood, torture and murder. Over 50,000 people were killed during his 30 year reign of terror. Among the few courageous souls who opposed the brutal regime were the Mirabel sisters. The sisters were from a comfortable, upper class family, and had much to lose and little to gain for their political activism.  On November 25, 1960, three of the sisters paid the ultimate price, and were savagely beaten to death on a lonely country road.  To commemorate their heroism, and that of other revolutionary women, the United Nations designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Their heroic story was also honored in the book and film, “In the Time of Butterflies”.

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