Friday, November 24, 2006

Day 7, saturday 18-11-06

FMLN, the former guerrilla movement is now a political party.

Day 6, Friday 17-11-06

Mejicanos is known as one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods of San Salvador. The streets are a battleground of rivalling streetgangs called Maras.

Day 5, Thursday 16-11-06

War veterans protested today for better pensions and medical care. They've been doing this for years, always on the same day, and are known for their original protests. Interesting fact: former army and guerrilla veterans protest together.
Genearal Blandon, was head of the armed forces during a large part of the war.

Day 4, wednesday 15-11-06

The hospital for the poor, in central San Salvador, is completely made of steel. Great idea in the tropics!

Day 3, Tuesday 14-11-06

Since my hotel in San Salvador blocked many websites including all weblogs, I couldn't update my blog for a while. I'll try to catch up now.
We met these women at Comadres, an organisation that supports mothers of disappered children, during the war in the 80's. They are still fighting for recognition and justice, more than 15 years after the end of the war.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Day 2 monday 13-11-06

Our first full day in San Salvador is packed with stories of the miserable state the country is in. It seems that Litino Americans derive a weird pleasure from claiming their capital is the most dangerous city in the world. So far I visited three most dangerous ones (Caracas, Lima and now San Salvador) and one former most dangerous city (Medellin).
Well, it just makes us a little more cautious. In this photo a glue sniffing youth I saw on the sidewalk downtown.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Day 1 Sun. 12-11-06

The continuation of a photo a day! I'm heading back to Latin America. This time for a visit to El Salvador and Nicaragua. But today the view from my motel in Houston, Texas where we spent the night after our KLM flight was delayed for five hours.