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At a glance: El Salvador


Preventing violence through sport in El Salvador
SAN MARCOS, San Salvador, El Salvador, 11 January 2018 – Seven-year-old Natividad Sánchez Ventura is the youngest of ten children, and their daily life is predictably chaotic.

Stolen childhood: Gang violence in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 24 November 2017 – Tears roll down her face. Through the sobbing, she describes how her family has suffered at the hands of one of the world’s deadliest street gangs. She pauses for a minute, catches her breath and wipes her tears.

In one of El Salvador’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, a father creates a brighter future for his children
SANTO TOMAS, El Salvador, 8 September 2017 – Shortly after Lupita Corena was born 11 years ago, her parents separated. They decided Lupita would stay with her father, David.

In El Salvador, a teenager worries about raising her child in a climate of violence
SAN MARTIN, San Salvador, El Salvador, 4 May 2017 – Every word spoken by Patricia is preceded by the smile of a playful girl who is not old enough to take life seriously. But in three short months, she will assume the responsibilities of motherhood.

Thousands of families face an uncertain future in post-flood El Salvador
SACACOYO, El Salvador, 10 November 2011 - When Erick Alberto Montano, 25, recently took his son, Abner, to his grandmother’s house, as he did every Saturday, he never thought it would wind up saving their lives. It had been raining heavily four days straight, and upon returning home, they discovered Abners room had been washed away by a landslide. From one moment to the next, Erick and his family were forced to leave everything behind.

Thousands of families remain displaced by torrential rains in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 26 October 2011 – Following two weeks of floods and school closures, students are finally returning to class in Usulután Province.

Salvadoran floods test resilience of families and effectiveness of humanitarian aid
LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador, 11 December 2009 – Ismael Linares, 13, put a brave face on the story of how his family fled for their lives in the floods that struck El Salvador in early November. In the tiny hamlet of Melara, he pointed to a stretch of rocks and barren ground – all that remained of the houses where he and his relatives used to live.

El Salvador launches 'Seal of Approval' initiative for child rights
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 1 December 2009 – UNICEF and a national association of municipal governments held a gala event in the capital yesterday, launching a ‘Seal of Approval’ programme designed to improve the lives and ensure the rights of Salvadoran children and adolescents.

UNICEF ‘mini-reporters’ help launch anti-violence campaign in El Salvador
NEW YORK, USA, 19 January 2007 – No one is better qualified to report on children’s issues than children themselves. This was the idea behind the UNICEF-supported ‘mini-reporters’ news show in El Salvador, a pilot created to showcase children’s points of view on issues they face.

Shakira launches UNICEF regional campaign to protect children from violence
NEW YORK, USA, 7 November 2006 – At San Salvador’s Sports Palace, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singer-songwriter Shakira greeted thousands of Salvadoran students who took part in a march against violence on Sunday.

Nearly half a million displaced in flood-stricken Central America and Mexico – at least a third are children.
NEW YORK, 10 October, 2005 – Nearly half a million people have been displaced in flood-stricken Central America and Mexico – at least a third are children. The severe flooding and mudslides, brought on by Hurricane Stan’s heavy rainfall, continue to affect countries throughout Central America, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.




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