Sowing peaceful parenting in a violent urban jungle
Five lessons about cutting the cycle of urban violence off at its root. Soyapango, population 290,000, is one of El Salvador’s most violent cities. In the first eight months of this year alone there have been 28 murders, 58 robberies and 22 sexual assaults. The main culprits are two gangs: Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 who fight an ongoing war for territory. In Soyapango, even the simple act of crossing from one gang-held area to another can get you killed.