The laundress of San Simón

With ilustrations by Bea Gregores

“I had never seen that part of the island, the turret and the gate, nor the guards with rifles who kept watch, nor the hundreds of men who waited behind them, with hunger and fear in their eyes. From our house, only a few trees and the bridge were visible. Nothing else. Things are not always as they seem.”

During the civil war, the island of St. Simon was a prison and concentration camp for more than six thousand innocent men. Many were the women who selflessly helped to make their sentence more bearable by bringing food and clean clothes to the island.