Again, Trump's ignorant, inarticulate rant spurs me on to wax lyrical on education, information, compassion and care.
There has been a lot of hard work done in El Salvador since the terrible civil war of 1980-1992 but there is still a way to go. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/After-25-Years-of-Peace-El-Salvador-Still-Has-A-Long-Way-to-Go-20170116-0026.html
That was when the Catholic Church in South America became divided over Liberation Theology as supported by the saint and martyr Oscar Romero and those Catholic clergy conservatives who supported the military dictatorship. Needless to say the Vatican eventually supported the dictatorship. Now they say they were trying to avoid war...Pffft. The Church has always been wary of the left and still is.
The war was disruptive and catastrophic for El Salvador, with many thousands of perceived dissidents being dragged out of their beds at night, tortured and murdered. The dictatorial regime destroyed El Salvador's beautiful environment, trying to rid the country of rebels by burning all the land, travelling the country destroying people's farms and the jungle and planting land mines EVERYWHERE.
Here is a satellite image of what such an event looks like.
An El Salvadorian man, Juan Rojas, escaped that war and came Australia to study permaculture in the 80's in order to help rebuild his country when the war ended. After the war, he returned home and slowly helped to rid the land of mines and travelled throughout the countryside helping communities of traumatised farmers restore their ruined land.
I have nothing but admiration for those wonderful people who lost everything,including their families but found the strength to begin to rebuild under such very difficult circumstances.
Juan was the bravest of men and inspired me to become involved in politics.
We had a different kind of slash and burn policy here in Australia that involved ripping out all the trees and poisoning the land. Thankfully now there are good people in Australia and worldwide who have started a movement to restore/regenerate food land as well as trying to restore indigenous landscapes.
Shitful things happened in El Salvador but the people and the country are further from being a shit hole than the USA or even Australia! Bad things often happen to good people and there but for the grace of God go we.....
Haiti and the African Nations are in the same situation. Many African Americans are now relocating to Africa, largely Ghana and the people of Haiti have survived many disasters. WE must have compassion for and help each other or there is no hope for any of us.