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Gang Violence in Central America the Push Factor: Sonia Nazario

June 05, 2014 (1 min read)

"In the last few years, what's really been a driving factor has been the increased violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  These are really the three countries that these children are coming from.  And increasingly, these countries are controlled by gangs.  And so a lot of these gangs are going to schools and they're saying to very young children - you will join with me to move drugs, to extort people in your neighborhood, to kill people or I will kill you - I will kill your entire family.  They are fleeing for their very lives.  And that's really what the UN Human Rights Commission recently found, that six in ten of these children are being forcibly displaced from their countries." - NPR, June 4, 2014.