For years, Honduras was known as the most dangerous country in the world; San Pedro Sula is particularly notorious. Today, El Salvador is the most dangerous country in the world not engulfed in an ongoing war. Last year, there were 3,942 murders — nearly 11 each day, 57 percent more than in 2013 — a staggering killing rate in a country of only 6.1 million people.
We visited a repatriation center last year in the heart of San Salvador, where El Salvador’s Department of Migrant Care and other organizations like Save the Children provide psychological and physical care for migrants who were caught in Mexico trying to get to the United States.
Young migrants spoke about the cold, hunger, and loneliness they felt on the road to the U.S. Others say the hardest part about being on the run was being disconnected from Facebook. These are teenagers — or children — after all.
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