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July 11th, 2006
18 with a Bullet
Photo Essay: El Salvador, the Makings of a Gangland
  • Margarita

    Mr. Aaron Brown, I want to thank you from the deepest part of my heart for showing such great and informative programs. I was born in El Salvador and my family and I immigrated to the United States in the early 70’s. On August 4th, Wide Angle presented a program about the gangs in El Salvador. I am planning to use this information in the several projects that I have to present while I complete my master degree in Education. I have plans to continue my studies and complete a doctorate in Sociology. Your documentary about the gangs in El Salvador is going to help me teach my students the importance of taking advantage of their education.
    Once again, Mr. Brown, million thanks for bringing this information to our televisions. I will encourage other teachers and principals to watch WIDE ANGLE. ANGLEdifficult is during my intership and

  • sister patricia rogucki

    Just want to add something on the historical perspective. There was a second big earthquake in Feb.,2001, in the Department of Cuscatlan. In Oct., 2005, Hurricane Mitch caused amy landslides. I know 6 people who were killed in one such mudslide.
    In reference to the Civil War, please include mention of the scortched earth policy carried out here as Operation Phoenix in the rurual areas. That, too, accounts for many civilian deaths.
    Land was also an issue in the war as 2% of the population owned more than half of the good farming land. In the early 30’s there was a great massacre of
    the Indigenous population, about 30,000 farmers.
    Very vocal in behalf of a negotiated settlement of the war, was assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero. The deaths of 6 Jesuits, their cook, and her daughter in 1989 also made the US Congress question continued military funding of this war, a six billion dollar total not counting what went to the CIA.
    Thank you for your consideration of these items, as well as your exposure of the gangs. For 19 summers, I have seen the war end in one way, but continue in another with the economy and gang violence.

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