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On 6/11/2014 at 11:02 PM, herring_RN said:

"The gangs are now calling the shots. There are far more gang members than police officers in Honduras and El Salvador now," said Dahl-Bredine...

not entirely true.

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Because this post is many pages and more than five years since the quoted section of my post I am going to post the original article again.

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On 6/11/2014 at 8:02 PM, herring_RN said:

"The gangs are now calling the shots. There are far more gang members than police officers in Honduras and El Salvador now," said Dahl-Bredine...

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55 minutes ago Leader25 said

not entirely true.

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Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are seeking asylum in large numbers, leading to 10 times as many children in temporary shelters this year as compared to 2011.

The surge of children fleeing gang recruitment in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to seek asylum in the U.S. and other countries is a crisis comparable to Africa's child soldiers, a United Nations official said Tuesday.

"Children are more and more the targeted victim here," said Leslie Vélez, a senior protection officer at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

"We're certainly in the midst of a humanitarian crisis," she said...

... Many young people are also seeking refuge in neighboring countries, including Panama, Costa Rica and Belize, said Erica Dahl-Bredine, a country representative based in El Salvador for Catholic Relief Services.

Dahl-Bredine said that Salvadoran gang violence has grown in the last six to nine months as a truce falters. Honduras has also seen a sharp increase, she said.

"The gangs are now calling the shots. There are far more gang members than police officers in Honduras and El Salvador now," said Dahl-Bredine...

 ... During the current surge, bottlenecks for shelter mean that children aren't moving out of Border Patrol facilities-which don't have showers, beds or recreation areas-fast enough, said Brané.

Hundreds of kids have been housed temporarily at a Border Patrol facility in Nogales, Ariz., which only received portable showers and started serving hot meals in the past few days, Central American consular officials who visited the shelter told the Associated Press.

"Border Patrol facilities were not designed for long term detention. Everyone agrees they're not appropriate for children," Brané said...

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/surge-children-fleeing-gang-recruitment-central-america-creates-crisis-u-s-shelters-article-1.1824413#ixzz34OEorpND

 

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