Nicaragua

January 1st, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

Questions for Ambar Espinoza

former gang membersHow horrifying to live in a country where one must believe these telephone calls and do what the caller demands. The situation is different in Nicaragua where we interviewed former gang members in Managua (photo left). About El Salvador, three essential questions arise.

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December 16th, 2008  |  By Round Earth Media

Gangs in Nicaragua

Many young men in Nicaragua get drawn into the dangerous world of gang activity. | Photo: Andi McDaniel

Many young men in Nicaragua get drawn into the dangerous world of gang activity. | Photo by Andi McDaniel

According to some estimates there are at least a hundred thousand youth gang members in Central America. Violent, involved in drugs and organized crime….their numbers are growing and they’re moving north. Some Central American countries have adopted what they call an iron fist approach with massive detentions and harsh prison sentences… with little positive effect. But in Nicaragua they’re taking a different approach.

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