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Salvadorans' Terrible Choice

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Matthew D. LaPlante, For the Deseret News
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Francisco Jose plans to send his children to the United States in the next 12 months. He's trying to prepare them for the journey.

The homicide rate in El Salvador is 20 times higher than it is in the U.S., and nearly 5% of Salvadorans fled their county because of violence in 2016. Utah journalist Matthew LaPlante recently went to El Salvador to try and understand the impact of this on the nation’s children, and the desperation of many families to get their kids out. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about what he learned about life and survival in one of the world’s most dangerous places, and the risks of sending kids north.

Matthew LaPlante is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Utah State University.

LaPlante's other pieces on El Salvador