Countless young women are killed annually and lots of face sexual abuse in the worlds most dangerous land. The president wants to deliver 200,000 more Salvadorans back home
That Inside a flat block in San Salvador under the shadow of the volcano which overlooks the city skyline, 20 girls aged between 14 and 18 have been in hiding, fearing for their lives. Recently deported to the country of the arrival from the US from Donald Trump as part of the evolving immigration clampdown, the teenagers are wanted dead from the road gangs which make El Salvador the most homicidal place on Earth.
Survival necessitates drastic measures once the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, or its rival 18th Street gang desire you murdered. First, the girls — branded traitors for bold depart El Salvador to set up home in America — have been given radical makeovers; fresh haircuts and new clothes along with sunglasses which are rarely removed. Then they learn to talk differently, walk differently. All trace of the prior existence is erased. Travel is arranged using bulletproof cars with tinted windows. Finally, the safe house is put on a short term rental; the slightest intelligence that the gangs have recognized its whereabouts and they’re gone.
“The gangs want to kill them because these girls have specific testimony about the gangs they need to silence them but also punish them because they dared escape,” said Mara Garca, of ISNA,an organisation which runs the key safe house as part of the complex steps required to protect young women in a country controlled by its barbarous gangs.
Twenty five years after the accords that ended the nation’s ferocious civil conflict, Trump’s deportees will return to the planet’s most dangerous country not at war. As with most hostilities, women are routinely caught in the crossfire. Around 10 a day are subjected to violence and sexual attack, with many afraid to talk. Others have been silenced forever. El Salvador ranks among the world’s deadliest states for women. Throughout 2016, 524 were killed, one in every 5,000, although such figures record only bodies taken into morgues rather than those found in hidden dumping grounds.
Those within the safe house are the fortunate ones. Few of the deported from the united states or who’ve fled the gangs are allowed such refuge in a country devoid of any state or witness security programme.
“Deportees from the US face being killed or sexual assault. Most girls try to conceal out of the violence. The issue is that most don’t have a place to go,” said Salvadoran attorney Laura Morn.