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Witness: Life in San Salvador

Gang violence is one of the biggest issues in El Salvador today. It is estimated to claim 13 lives everyday. El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. The United States has poured hundreds of millions into anti-gang efforts in Central America but nothing much seemed to change until just a few months ago, when the Catholic Church stepped in to broker a truce between the two gangs in El Salvador. But the culture of violence there remains.This kind of story is common in El Salvador where, every year thousands of children are kidnapped and recruited into gangs. But recently the Catholic Church intervened. In March, the church made a truce between two of the country’s most violent gangs, and the results have been dramatic. Homicide rates have dropped by 50 percent. This is good news but its only the first step.

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El Salvador vs Honduras, 1969: The 100-Hour War

El Salvador vs Honduras, 1969: The 100-Hour War | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

The Football War, which is also known as the Soccer War or 100 hour War, was a four-day war fought by El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. The war was caused by political conflicts between Hondurans and Salvadorans, specifically issues concerning immigration from El Salvador to Honduras. These tensions coincided with the rioting during the second North American qualifying round of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. On July 14th 1969, the El Salvadoran military launched an attack against Honduras. The Organization of American States negotiated a cease-fire which took effect on July 20, with the El Salvadoran troops withdrawn in early August.

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5 Day Weather Forecast for San Salvador - weather.com

5 Day Weather Forecast for San Salvador - weather.com | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

While its freezing and winter here, its sunny and warm in El Salvador. For the next 5 days it looks as though El Salvador wont be getting out of the 90's very much. The humidity is awful at this time of year, percentages in the 90's. Weather readings like that make me appreciate this cold weather.

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Famous People from El Salvador | Famous Salvadoran Artists, Leaders, Musicians, Politicians, etc. | Day Translations, Inc.

Famous People from El Salvador | Famous Salvadoran Artists, Leaders, Musicians, Politicians, etc. | Day Translations, Inc. | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

One of the most famous people in El Salvador's history is Chief Atlacatl. He was made famous by his bow and arrow. He was one of El Salvador's first heroes. He was the Indian Chief who led his people to repel the invasion led by Spain. Miguel Angel Ramirez was made famous by his paintings of Salvadoran children’s faces, showing their different emotions, while still capturing their innocence and showing the hardships they face. Yet somehow his paintings always brings a sense of hope to the viewer. Álvaro Torres was made famous for his singing/songwriting. He wrote his first song at 12 years old. He is currently a bolero and Latin pop singer.

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EL SALVADOR History Facts & Timeline ***

EL SALVADOR History Facts & Timeline *** | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

In 1524 Spanish adventurer Pedro de Alvarado conquers El Salvador. 16 years later El Salvador became a Spanish colony. In 1840 El Salvador became fully independent following the dissolution of the United Provinces of Central America. In 1977 Guerrilla activities by the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) intensify amid reports of increased human rights violations by government troops and death squads; General Carlos Romero elected president. In 1980 Archbishop of San Salvador and human rights campaigner Oscar Romero assassinated; Jose Napoleon Duarte becomes first civilian president since 1931. In 1997 FMLN makes progress in parliamentary elections; leftist Hector Silva elected mayor of San Salvador. In 2004 Arena candidate Tony Saca wins presidential elections. In 2007 Three members of the governing Arena party are murdered in Guatemala. There are suspicions that an organised crime syndicate is behind the killings. In 2009 Mauricio Funes sworn in as president. Restores diplomatic relations with Cuba. In 2011 US adds El Salvador and Belize to its list of countries considered major producers or transit routes for illegal drugs. In 2012 Funes government suffers setback in parliamentary polls which give the right-wing a narrow victory.

 
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El Salvador : Economy -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

El Salvador : Economy -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

The most important agricultural products in El Salvador are coffee, cotton, corn, and sugarcane. Cattle raising is also very important to El Salvador's agriculture. There are several types of tropical fruit such as coconut, tamarind, melon, watermelon, and mango grown in El Salvador. 

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Religion in El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Religion in El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

There is diversity among religious and ethnic groups in El Salvador. The majority of the population are mostly Roman Catholics 52.5%, while Protestants represent 27.6% of the population. Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism are two of the notable non-catholic faiths in El Salvador. Anglicanism also has a long and growing presence in El Salvador. 11.1% of the population indicates that they are not affiliated with any religious group. Other religions which make up about 1.4% of the population are also present - Islam, Judaism, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Close Up El Salvador-Literacy

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Government reports say that 80.2% of the El Salvador's total population over age 10 can read and write. The official literacy rate is 82.8% for men and 77.7% for women. But the reality is different in many poor communities, both in urban and rural areas. Local authorities in many cantones (which are similar to counties or towns) admit that the actual literacy rate in their communities is as low as 50%, and even less among women

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Mauricio Funes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mauricio Funes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

Mauricio Funes was born on 18 October 1959. He is married to Dr. Vanda Pignado, who was involved in the Worker's Party in Brazil. They have one son, Gabriel. Funes' brother was killed during the Salvadoran Civil War. His oldest son, Alejandro Funes Velasco, who was 27 years old, died after being attacked in Paris, where he was studying photography. Funes took office as the El Salvadoran President on 1 June 2009.Upon his inaugaration, Funes resumed Salvadorean diplomatic relations with Cuba. El Salvador previously suspended diplomatic relations with Cuba 50 years ago due to the Cuban Revolution. Funes has been criticized for his lack of fighting against the increased crime rate in El Salvador. Since taking office, criminal statistics on homicides, robbery and extortion have increased, and as of February 2010, it is estimated that 13 people were murdered daily. In response, the President has ordered the deployment of the army to cooperate with police authorities in their fight against crime. More recently, there have been reports of newly formed Death Squads operating in El Salvador, due in part to a lack of response of the police.

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Demographics of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Demographics of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

El Salvador's population numbers about 6,071,774 with 86% of Salvadorans are mixed Native American and European Spanish origin by majority. The male population in El Salvador is 3,440,918. The Female Population is 3,625,485. The Mestizo ethnic group makes up about 86% of the population, Caucasian 12% and Native American 1%. The nationality is Salvadoran.

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Map of El Salvador

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There are three major water ways in El Salvador. El Salvador borders Guatemala, Honduras, and the Pacific Ocean. San Miguel is one of El Salvador's largest cities, it's also the main hub for the eastern half of the country.Many people think of El Salvador as dangerous and chaotic. For 90% of the country, it's a bogus reputation, but for La Libertad, it's pretty accurate. La Libertad gives El Salvador a bad reputation because of its serious drug problem and crime rate.

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El Salvador is frequently hit by earthquakes. The first one recorded dates back to 1526, it was huge with its epicenter located near San Salvador. The largest earthquake recorded dates back to 1862. This earthquake's magnitude was measured at an 8. The earthquake caused severe destruction in western El Salvador, heavy damage from central El Salvador to central Guatemala and also caused a tsunami.

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El Salvador Volcanoes

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There are 22 volcanoes in El Salvador. The volcanoes include San Diego, Guazapa, Singuil, Apaneca Range, Taburete, Usulutan, Santa Ana, Conchaguita, Izalco, San Salvador, Cinotepeque, Ilopango, San Vicente, Cerro Singüil, Apastepeque, Coatepeque, Tecapa, Chinameca, San Miguel, Laguna Aramuaca, Conchagua, and Chingo. However, only 6 of them are considered active. San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel, Izalco, Ilopango and Conchaguita are the 6 active volcanoes in El Salvador. One of these Volcanos had a minor eruption on October 1, 2005. Spewing up clouds of ash and rocks, its effect reached nearby villages and caused two deaths

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Travel Guide: El Salvador

One of the most popular tourist attractions in El Salvador is San Miguel. San Miguel is popular for its gorgeous beach and surfing oppurtunities. Costa de Sol is also a very popular tourist attraction. In Costa de Sol, many tourists enjoy sailing and whale watching. El Salvador has many lakes that are made popular for watersports. There are many waterfalls for land lovers to hike around. Rock climbing and zip lining is also very popular. You can actually zip line across rainforests and coffee plantations. If you want to learn more about the culture, there are plenty of cultural activities for you to enjoy also. Succi Toto is a colonial town that will offer many cultural experiences. El Salvador is a small but beautiful country. You will never run out of things to enjoy.

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Holidays in El Salvador

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The Holidays of El Salvador include religious holidays as well as social and cultural holidays. The holidays are finalized by the government in accordance with the religious and social events.The weekly holiday in the country is on Sunday. Saturdays sometimes have half day off. One of the major holidays celebrated in El Salvador is Christmas. Christmas is celebrated with wide spread enjoyment in El Salvador. Being primarily a Christian country, thousands of people celebrate during the day. Various amusement and cultural activities are held all over the year during Christmas. 

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El Salvador - Atlapedia® Online

El Salvador - Atlapedia® Online | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

El Salvador's major industries include Agriculture, Chemicals, Electricity, Fishing, Food Processing, Footwear, Forestry, Petroleum Products, Textiles and Clothing. The Mining Industry is also very important to El Salvador's economy. El Salvador's mining industry was first established in the late nineteenth century when Charles Butters, who had pioneered the cyanide process for mineral separation, opened several gold mines.

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El Salvador Experience- Pupusas

Last year, I took a journey to El Salvador with a camera and charisma. I documented the adventure and called it 'El Salvador Experience' Here we prepare Pupu...
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El Salvador Government type - Government

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El Salvador falls under the Republic government type. A republic government type means a representative democracy in which the people's elected deputies (representatives), not the people themselves, vote on legislation. The El Salvadoran government is divided into Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches very similar to our own.

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El Salvador Money: the El Salvador Colón and the US dollar

El Salvador Money: the El Salvador Colón and the US dollar | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

One unit of El Salvadoran currency used to be called the colón, divided into 100 centavos.The El Salvador colón was named for Christopher Columbus which is pronounced 'Cristóbal Colón' in Spanish. However, in 2001, El Salvador adopted the US dollar as its official unit of currency. When the El Salvador colón was replaced by the US dollar, it had an exchange rate of 8.75 to one.

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Geography of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Geography of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

El Salvador covers about 8,124 sq miles of land. Two parallel mountain ranges cross El Salvador to the west with a central plateau between them and a narrow coastal plain near the Pacific Ocean. These physical features divide the country into two physiographic regions. The mountain ranges and central plateau, covering 85% of the land, comprise the interior highlands. The remaining coastal plains are referred to as the Pacific lowlands. El Salvador has over 300 rivers.

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Flag of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flag of El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

El Salvador's flag that is used today was adopted on May 17, 1912. The flag was inspired by the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America and by the flag of Argentina.There are two versions of the flag, one containing the national coat of arms and the other the words "DIOS UNION LIBERTAD" which means: God, Union, Liberty. The one bearing the coat of arms is used by the government and state organizations. The other version is used for civil purposes.

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El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

El Salvador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | El Salvador, Kailin Sweet | Scoop.it

In Spanish El Salvador is referred to as República de El Salvador, which means Republic of the Saviour. The country's capital and largest city is San Salvador. El Salvador borders the Pacific Ocean on the south, and Guatemala on the western side. In 2009, El Salvador had a population of 5,744,113 people. Most of El Salvador's population is made up of Mestizos.

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