Quoted in WAMU 88.5 segment by Armando Trull on 6 October

To read or listen to the entire piece, “Voices from El Salvador: Gang Violence Driving Youth Exodus,” here is the link: http://wamu.org/news/14/10/06/voices_from_el_salvador_gang_violence_driving_youth_exodus .

“Most kids have seen crimes committed, whether it’s murder, rape, most know someone who’s been disappeared,” says Elizabeth Kennedy, a Fulbright scholar. She’s interviewed more than 600 Salvadoran youth who fled the country, but were deported from Mexico before they could reach the US. Nearly 60 percent told her they were fleeing gang violence.

“They’re afraid, especially for youth that are from poorer neighborhoods; the gangs are often the most present agents in their lives,” she says.

Fulbright researcher Kennedy has interviewed many young crime victims.

“But when we asked them if they had made a report to the police, they said no,” Kennedy says. “And in most cases we asked them why, and the typical responses we receive are ‘the police and the gangs are the same.’ You don’t know who’s who, but if you did that, your problems would really begin.”

Cita en segmento de WAMU 88.5 por Armando Trull, en Octubre 6

Para leer o escuchar el artículo completo, “Voces desde El Salvador: Violencia de Pandillas Conduciendo al Exodo”, está aquí: link: http://wamu.org/news/14/10/06/voices_from_el_salvador_gang_violence_driving_youth_exodus .

“La mayoría de los niños han visto crímenes cometidos, ya sea muerte, violación, la mayoría conoce a alguien desparecido” dice Elizabeth Kennedy, una Becaria Fulbright. Ella ha entrevistado a más de 600 jóvenes salvadoreños que huyeron del país pero que fueron deportados desde México antes de que pudieran llegar a los Estados Unidos. Cerca del 60 por ciento le dijeron que estaban huyendo de la violencia.

“Ello están asustados, especialmente los jóvenes de barrios pobre; las pandillas son frecuentemente los agentes con mayor presencia en sus vidas”, dijo ella.

La investigadora Fulbright Kennedy ha entrevistado muchos jóvenes victimas de crímenes.

“Pero cuando les pregunté si ellos habían hecho una denuncia a la policía, ellos dijeron que no”, dice Kennedy. “Y en la mayoría de los casos nosotros preguntamos el porqué y las respuestas típicas que recibimos son: “la policía y las maras son lo mismo”, “Vos no sabés quien es quien, si vos hacés eso, los problemas pueden ser mayores.

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