Growing Up In Extreme Violence & Poverty In El Salvador

MS gang members with one of their handguns, Las Victorias, San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

Documentary Photographer Adam Hinton is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From his project ‘El Salvador‘.  To see Adam’s body of work click on any photograph.

 

MS gang members, Las Victorias, San Salvador

 

One of the communal cells at the Centro Preventivo y de Cumplimiento de Penas Ciudad Barrios. 70 inmates live in cells designed for 20. They have to hang many of the beds from the ceiling as there is no more floor space.

 

One of the communal cells at the prison.

 

MS gang members with one of their weapons, Las Victorias, San Salvador

 

El Salvador has a long history of gang violence and many films have been produced about the extreme brutality of the gangs.  What I found was something I’ve not seen before.  These were not the big psychopathic tough guys we’re always told about but a bunch of frightened kids growing up in an extremely violent and impoverished community.  They sit around smoking weed and constantly on the alert with nothing else to do.  All they asked from me was to get them some fried chicken and chips for lunch.  They were hungry and poor in communities that felt under siege from the state.  For the brief time I was there this small community suffered two gang related deaths.  These guys have little choice and their story needs to be told, for them and their communities.

 

The body of Reyneldo Adonai Campos, killed by 18th gang members because he lived in an MS controlled area. He was not a member of the MS gang.

 

The mother of Reyneldo Adonai Campos.

 

Valeria Michel Hercules at the wake for her still born son Gabriel Alexander. She was only allowed to attend the start of his funeral in Las Victorias as she is serving a drug related prison sentence and had to return to prison with the armed guards that escorted her, San Salvador

 

MS gang members with some of their weapons, Las Victorias, San Salvador

 

Inmates at the Centro Preventivo y de Cumplimiento de Penas Ciudad Barrios.

 

 See also:

The Penas Ciudad Prison, El Salvador

By Adam Hinton

 

 

 

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