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Post re: El Salvador: International Remittances (Evelyn Aleman, US)
Created by John Eipper on 11/03/06 10:41 AM - re-el-salvador-international-remittances-evelyn-aleman-us

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re: El Salvador: International Remittances (Evelyn Aleman, US) (John Eipper, USA, 11/03/06 10:41 am)

Evelyn Aleman writes:

Can any WAISer provide insight as to the current political and social conditions in El Salvador? My Rotary Club is considering undertaking a school project in that country, but I am concerned about reports in US Spanish-language media regarding rising criminal activity, a supposed plot

by gangs--Mara Salvatruchas, a US export--to assassinate the president, and their [gangs'] unabashed blatant demands that schools (private and public) make monthly payments to them or suffer vandalism.
My cousin just completed a five-year study of International Relations in Russia, and hoped to return to El Salvador to work at an embassy or for an

NGO. However, my aunt, who is an elementary school principal and lives in
the country, strongly advised her to remain abroad rather than return to
El Salvador.
According to my aunt, the "maras" are now demanding dues from homeowners. My aunt's husband was brutally assassinated in front of his house many years ago for not giving in to the demands of criminals. The story made headlines. My family is certainly not sheltered from the violence of the country--and its past--but my aunt's claims are a
cause for concern.
Having been born and raised in the US, perhaps I am not completely aware
of the situation. At this point, I don't know how much my Rotary Club would be able to accomplish under these conditions, and I would be concerned for our safety.
With so much money pouring into the country from remittances and toursim from El Salvadorans living in the US, I would assume that things would
be much improved in the country. Can anyone comment?

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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