Nervously Going Back to El Salvador

I recently booked tickets to El Salvador for a week in December. I’m going down for a cousin’s wedding. This will be my first time back since 1998 and I’m a little nervous.

Since the end of El Salvador’s civil war the situation in the country has steadily declined. The war was supposed to improve life for its people. Instead the country has become less economically stable and more violent. Now a country the size and population of Massachusetts has an average murder rate of 16 people per week. Over 2,000 people have already been killed this year alone.

My family is no stranger to this violence. A cousin of mine almost died when her husband went on a shooting spree, attacking her, killing their baby and himself. She recovered both mentally and physically but other family members were not so lucky. An uncle on the other side of the family witnessed his son’s murder when they were carjacked.

I hear a lot about how violent the country is. It always makes me ask if everything my parents did was in vain. They gave up so much to try and change things. Here we are 30 years later and it’s about the same if not worse. My family made it and are better off now, but what about everyone else?

Maybe it’s the violence or the state of the country, but the thought of going back “home” makes me uneasy. I don’t think anything bad is going to happen but I know this will not be like visiting Panama, which is much safer. My family has been asking me to come back and I never go. I feel bad sometimes but it’s tough when my immediate family is not living there anymore. Even though I’m nervous I think the trip will be good. It has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to see my family.

3 thoughts on “Nervously Going Back to El Salvador

  1. Wow I didnt realize how bad it still is down there. I was hoping to take a trip within the next couple of years, but now I'm not so sure. Hope you have a safe visit down there. You'll have to fill us in (maybe with a Pro-Busqueda meeting when you return. Best wishes, Marla

  2. Thanks Marla. I'm not sure how bad it really is but I always hear about the
    violence down there. You just have to watch yourself. I
    will definitely let everyone know how it is.

  3. Hi Nelson,
    Don’t feel so bad, I haven’t been back in 34 years and every year I think about going, but when is time to book my flight I end up somewhere else.
    I read all the warnings and just rather stay out, it’s really sad not being able to visit where I was born.
    Let me know if you went and how it was?

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