Comparto una nota realizada por el reportero David Boeri desde Boston, quien visitó El Salvador en noviembre del 2014, para cubrir algunas noticias para una audiencia de salvadoreños y latinos muy fuerte en Massachusetts. Tuve la oportunidad de compartir con él algunos hallazgos de la investigación en la cual participé, sobre niños migrantes.
“Fifty-eight percent of children are fleeing from violent gangs,” says Karla Castillo, who helped interview 600 Salvadoran children after they were caught in Mexico and sent back home this summer. “It’s the primary reason they are fleeing.”
Some of the children were as young as 7; most between 12 and 17. Traveling without their parents, they risked murder, kidnapping, rape, beatings and even the danger of falling from atop the Mexican freight train known as “La Bestia” — “the Beast.”
Their choice, they told Castillo, was stark: to leave El Salvador or to die.
“The gangs are trying to recruit the children to join the gangs,” she says. “And if the children don’t join the gang, the gang members are going to kill them.”
Pueden ver y escuchar la noticia completa en este link: http://www.wbur.org/2014/12/16/el-salvador-gang-violence