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El Salvador Gangs Causing Tens of Thousands to Leave School

El Salvador Gangs Causing Tens of Thousands to Leave School

The number of children in El Salvador abandoning school due to gang threats has risen dramatically in recent years, illustrating some of the particular impacts the country's dire security situation has had on young people.  

Gangs Find Common Ground in El Salvador Crackdown

Gangs Find Common Ground in El Salvador Crackdown

El Salvador’s three main gangs have moved toward forming a common front with a coordinating committee and a nonaggression pact that prohibits the invasion of other gangs’ territories and kill missions targeting members of rival gangs.

Police, Gang Clashes Make for Bloody July in El Salvador

Police, Gang Clashes Make for Bloody July in El Salvador

El Salvador's attorney general cautioned security forces against turning the country into the "Wild West" as authorities reported a string of shootouts that ended with eight gang members dead and a report surfaced indicating a spike in killings with multiple victims.

Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

A new report says an increasing number of Central Americans are fleeing south to escape gang violence and seeking asylum in Costa Rica, a dynamic which may be linked to the stepped-up deportations of migrants by the United States. 

Did El Salvador's 'Iron Fist' Lower Homicide Rate?

Did El Salvador's 'Iron Fist' Lower Homicide Rate?

El Salvador officials have attributed a steady decline in the violence-wracked country’s homicide rate to the government’s crackdown on gangs, but it is too early to confirm this causal relationship or to determine whether the improvement will endure.