Salvadoran Army Helps the Poor While Coronavirus Spreads

With Covid-19 cases increasing in El Salvador after the supreme court and Legislative Assembly overturned President Nayib Bukele’s strict quarantine orders, the Salvadoran army is delivering emergency care packages to remote villages, where landless people rent land to gamble on the corn harvest.

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Army and Gangs Enforce Virus Curfew in El Salvador

Security forces were dispatched across El Salvador Tuesday to enforce the most stringent coronavirus restrictions in Latin America. Hundreds of people were detained after failing to produce documentation justifying their presence on the streets, and even the country’s feared gangs have been reported enforcing the curfew with baseball bats.

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The Festival of Saint Lucy Heals Wounds in Battered El Salvador

Santa Lucía festivals wrapped up Friday in El Salvador. The early 4th century saint is said to have pulled out her own eyes during the Diocletian persecution — the last and worst pogrom of the soon-to-be Christianized Roman Empire — but supposedly still saw a Roman soldier plunge his sword into her neck. 

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