As President Donald Trump moves to speed up deportation of people living undocumented in the US, three flights a week are landing in El Salvador carrying deportees. But many are planning their journey back north before the plane has even touched down. My story about the Salvadoran deportees was published by Deutche Welle’s English speaking program Worldlink and can be found here.
Last year at least 258 women and girls were murdered in the State of México, surrounding the capital. 26 years old Carolina Hernández Sánchez was one of them. Twelve days after disappearing, her body was found with signs of torture and sexual abuse. Carolina lived with her sons, brothers and father in Ecatepec, a municipality strongly affected by poverty and violence. In a reportage (in Spanish) published by El País I’m telling the story about the many feminicides there, together with photos by Alfredo Durante.
In May the late archbishop of San Salvador, Monseñor Óscar Romero, was beatified in the Catholic church – the precursor to official sainthood. But 35 years after he was shot dead for his stand for the poor and against the violence of El Salvador’s military regime, his followers still struggle. In the program Latino USA on U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) I tell the story about Romero and the church’s fighters against violence of today, when the country sees the highest murder rates since the civil war. The piece can be listened to here. There is also a photo gallery by Encarni Pindado.
”See, hear and shut up” is what the street gangs tell the citizens of El Salvador to do. The women of the gang members many times become double victims – being both targets for the contrary gang and controlled by their owns. Check out my story about these women (in Spanish), published by El País in their section Planeta Futuro, together with a photo gallery by photographer Encarni Pindado.
Gang violence is rocketing in El Salvador and May finished with over 600 murders, more than any previous month since the civil war. Young people are often the victims, but some have found an escape from the troubles; a way to live in the middle of the violence without being a target.
In a short reportage for US Public Radio International (PRI), I and photographer Encarni Pindado told the story about the youths working with the voluntary ambulances, Commandos de Salvamento, in the middle of the crossfire in San Salvador.