El Salvador Emigration
While Mexico has large numbers of its citizens in the US, per capita El Salvador has a far larger percentage of its people who have emigrated due to poverty and violence. Now under Donald Trump’s ethnic cleansing program, large numbers will be forced to return to those conditions. To explain why they left and what can be done once they return, Salvadorian peace activist Chencho Alas will discuss his work in small villages helping the people live a more economically and environmentally sustainable life.
A former Catholic priest, Chencho has preached and practiced liberation theology since the 1980s. Currently director of the Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica, he fundraises in the US but works in Central America and southern Mexico promoting environmental sustainability and peace. As a peace activist he has received awards in recognition of his dedication to human rights, and notably for his efforts to preserve peace in El Salvador during the violent aftermath of its civil war.
At his talk Chencho will have copies of the English edition of his recently published book, Land, Liberation and Death Squads, A Priest’s Story, Suchitoto, El Salvador, 1968-1977. Unfortunately, little has been written about this period. The book adds to our understanding of the past and present in El Salvador. Alas recounts the conflicts he had with local and national authorities on behalf of campesinos’ rights, for which he was kidnapped and tortured. Chencho tells these stories with the characteristic humor of the Salvadoran people and with details only an eyewitness can remember.
La Biblioteca Publica, Rejoj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700