ANDRÉS GARCÍA BARRERO

Andrés García Barreno was 14 when the war began. He and his five siblings lived in the countryside outside Jimena. His father, who worked for himself on the land, was called Matías, and his mother Catalina. His father just escaped being shot, but two of his cousins and an uncle were not so lucky. It was still painful for him to recall the injustice perpetrated upon them, and other inhabitants of Jimena and the nearby area. Nor could he forget the planes that flew over the mountains to bombard La Sauceda, or the Moroccan and Falange troops who went up there from Jimena to sow terror and death. He recalls the cobblers, the cork-collectors and the shopkeeper who were killed, and the 16 year-old boy who the Falangists set to work as a goatherd until they got fed up with him and shot him. He could still see the face of the teacher who was a prisoner for ten years, and the hunger and suffering of the mother of his cousins who were shot. Andrés died in 2012, but his testimony helped to rebuild the memory of Andalucía and the history of Francoist infamy.