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Violence is rampant in El Salvador. In the month of August alone, there were 900 homicides. That’s a daily average of 30 murders in a country with a population of 6.3 million — less than New York City.

At least 35 of those murders have been officially ruled feminicides — a crime involving the violent and deliberate killing of a woman.

The violence is seen largely as a product of two warring criminal gangs, MS-13 and the rival Barrio 18. There are very few spaces in the country that these gangs have not staked out.

The violence is often as senseless as it is massive. Just a day after arriving in the country, our reporting team found ourselves at a grisly scene: A 15-year-old girl had been shot at close range while crossing a busy intersection. Marcela’s family told us they believed she’d been murdered for living in one gang’s territory but selling tortillas in another. She’d crossed the wrong street.

The Rev. Gerardo Mendez, who has been a priest in San Salvador for nearly a decade, works closely with at-risk populations — youths living in areas firmly under a gang’s grip. He sat down with us and answered some questions about the situation in El Salvador. 

Warning: Some of the depictions and images in this story are graphic.

How El Salvador Fell Into A Web Of Gang Violence

Photos: Encarni Pindado for NPR

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quick question pls on the netflix family photoset the picture with miguel (lito rodriguez form sense8) can you pls tell me all the ppl or shows in that? i cant tell two other guys thank u so much i love your posts!

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Luiz Gerardo Mendez; Club De Cuervos, its a netflix original which will premiere on aug 7, Stephanie Cayo; Club De Cuervos, idk who that is but he looks like a cute puppy :), Natasha Lyonne; OITNB,  Miguel Angel Silvestre; Sense8, Naveen Andrews; Sense8, Samira Wiley; OITNB, Uzo Aduba; OITNB