Many years ago, before caravans, Salvadoran women and men believed in El Salvador. We should never forget the 75,000 women and men who sacrificed their lives throughout 12 years of civil war, nor the words of Saint Oscar Romero, who died at the altar, nor the thousands of innocent victims like the nameless children gunned down in the village of El Mozote. All these women and men believed a better El Salvador was possible.
After 26 years, the fact is that neither the civil war nor the Peace Accords addressed the country’s most pressing issues. The post-war era brought additional tragedy and challenges, including major earthquakes, government corruption (former president Antonio Saca is currently in prison for embezzlement charges) and gang violence and extortion.
Despite it all, caravans are not the answer for El Salvador.