El Salvador

Why tens of thousands of kids from El Salvador continue to flee to the United States

Why tens of thousands of kids from El Salvador continue to flee to the United States

Why tens of thousands of kids from El Salvador continue to flee to the United States

By Kate Linthicum | Photography by Carolyn Cole

Feb. 16, 2017 | Reporting from Sonsonate, El Salvador

The death threats started last spring. Sixteen-year-old Mauricio Gomez answered a phone call from an unknown number and heard a nasal voice on the line.

Give me $400 by the end of the week, the gangster warned, or I’ll kill you and your family.  

“Do you understand me?” the voice continued....

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