El Salvador

The schools of El Salvador are neglected and abandoned, with glimmers of hope

November 4, 2019

In one school, there is only one outhouse for 343 students — and no electricity, so the school must pirate it. Another school finds itself in a “neutral zone” between warring gangs, whose members play ordinary games of soccer against each other on school grounds. Yet educators there risk their lives if they try to […]

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El Salvador’s disappearing farmers

November 10, 2018

It’s not that the work is too hard or the city is more glamorous. The problem is that the money just isn’t there. El Salvador’s rural youth don’t want to be stuck in the subsistence agriculture trap, growing the same foods as numerous generations before them, earning just enough cash to live on — but […]

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Psst — wanna buy a world-class petroglyph site?

October 9, 2018

Central America’s premier pre-Columbian petroglyph site is up for sale for a cool US$5 million, and this is not a good thing. But it might not be a bad thing, either, depending on who you talk to. Igualtepeque, an island on the edge of a major El Salvadoran lake, has religiously significant rock carvings that […]

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Dispatches from the water wars

September 4, 2018

The Dry Corridor, a naturally arid zone stretching from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, is subject to devastating droughts and intense human poverty. Yet in Chiquimula, Guatemala, a government collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has helped hundreds of families install home rainwater catchment systems that are mitigating these effects. The simple and […]

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