State of Exception in El Salvador

Relief, Development and Podcast

Fence in El Salvador

El Salvador has been dealing with a lot of gang violence over the past several decades. In response, the President announced the State of Exception. While gang violence has quieted since then, another issue has arisen.

People are being arrested and taken away from their communities with no explanation or evidence. People have no recourse because the government is above the law. The most impacted are the country’s youth.

Today on the show, we hear from some young people in El Salvador. They share their struggles under the state of exception and what they’re doing about it. How they’re fighting stereotypes and working to build community. MCC’s local partner is supporting the youth as best they can.

Read the transcript.