I grew up in Canada, but it was only when I visited my family’s homeland that I realized I was missing out.
El Salvador's civil war ended in 1992 and the former leftist guerrillas are now in government leading a crackdown against gangs. Some gang leaders claim that they now occupy the void those guerrillas left behind.
Four people including a bus driver were killed on Wednesday in the latest attack against El Salvador's bus system after a country-wide stoppage ordered by the 18th Street gang.
After the dismantling of the gang truce in El Salvador last year, violent crime has risen steadily. May saw 635 killings, a 32 percent increase over March, the previous deadliest month.
'We're Still Not Practicing What He Preached': El Salvador Celebrates Oscar Romero’s Beatification as Gangs Wage War
Experiencing an explosion of criminal violence, many Salvadorans cling to the slain archbishop’s message of peace and reconciliation as a source of hope.
El Salvador's government has said it can no longer provide “exclusive” prison facilities for the notorious MS 13 and Barrio 18 gangs.