Money, God And Criminals

 

 

Giovanni Morales (32) and his wife Isamar Orellana (20) and their new born Grace (3 months). Giovanni is a gang member of the Mara Salvatrucha. He has been in prison four times and started to realize that this was not the life he wanted. He is now fighting to be accepted by society and live a normal life. Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen

Giovanni Morales (32) and his wife Isamar Orellana (20) and their new born Grace (3 months). Giovanni is a gang member of the Mara Salvatrucha. He has been in prison four times and started to realize that this was not the life he wanted. He is now fighting to be accepted by society and live a normal life. Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen

El Salvador has been called the most Americanized country in Latin America. It has been estimated that a third of its citizens live in the U.S. – often illegally. A significant part of El Salvador’s national income is made up of the money which these emigrants send back, and American culture has penetrated this small Central American country.

Hamburger chains and evangelical churches are signs of this new Americanized way of life. More problematically, many of the Salvadorans deported from the U.S. are criminals or gang members who subsequently continue their activities in their home country.

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