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Rescue Units Give Salvadoran Youths Refuge From Gang Wars

Voluntary rescue worker Jazmin Hernandez has vivid memories of the day she responded to an emergency call involving a policeman shot dead by gang members in an El Salvadoran slum. It was the first time the 16-year-old had seen violence up close in her home country, where a turf war between the notorious gangs Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has pushed murder rates to record levels. "When we arrived he was still alive, but we couldn't do anything and he died because he...

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