At InSight Crime:
El Salvador Gangs Responsible for 84% of Forced Displacement: Report
According to the report by the Civil Society Roundtable Against Forced Displacement by Violence and Organized Crime in El Salvador (Observatorio de la Mesa de Sociedad Civil contra el Desplazamiento Forzado por Violencia y Crimen Organizado en El Salvador) — which is comprised of ten non-governmental organizations — the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) was responsible for about a third of the forced displacements caused by the gangs, while their rivals in the Barrio 18 accounted for another third.
In many cases, however, it appears that researchers were unable to determine the gang responsible or the victims were unwilling to provide that information.
The police accounted for six percent of the displacements, followed by the military with two percent.
In what has become Latin America’s most violent country, InSight crime states, the MS13 and Barrio 18 have engaged on turf wars for several years, and
In recent years, the police and the army have joined in that fight. And increasingly vigilante groups are becoming important actors in this multifaceted conflict.
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