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Children Suffer Long-Term From Gang Violence in Central American (The Epoch Times)

November 28, 2018

By Brendon Fallon

From the article:

Violence from organized crime displaces tens of thousands of people a year in the Northern Triangle of Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—and children are some of the biggest victims, suffering the effects long after being driven from their homes.

“Mara” street gangs, drug runners, and Mexican drug cartels, are the prime drivers of internal displacement—people forced to leave home but who remain in the country, according to a recent report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) (pdf).

For example, the report found that in El Salvador, criminal violence, has caused trauma, depression, and anxiety in children growing up there.

The number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) entering the United States from the NTCA is directly linked to the level of violence in the region, according to a 2017 study by the Centre for Global Development (CGD) (pdf).

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