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Personal Essay: Learning to Savor Experiences When Traveling to Dangerous Destinations by Bear Guerra

As is often the case with travel, the time I spent away and the new experiences I had gave way to epiphanies that I couldn’t have had otherwise. One of them was the realization that, even though I love travel, I’ve carried irrational fears with me from country to country, and I’ve come up with random ways to cope with them.

Read the full essay here.


These Isolated Towns in Dangerous El Salvador Are Murder-Free Zones by Bear Guerra

With one of the highest murder rates in the world — an average of 15 homicides a day — El Salvador has long had a reputation for violence. Back in the 1980s, the country was ravaged by a civil war and displacement. Today, it’s a hotspot for criminal gangs. But amidst all of this, there is a region in the northwestern part of the country where a cluster of towns report almost no homicides, year after year. It's called Chalatenango. Reported in conjunction with Jimmy Alvarado from El Faro, with support from Round Earth Media.

Listen to the radio feature here.

Read the print feature on The Christian Science Monitor here.

Salvadorans Hope to Revise Town's Beloved 'First Migrant' Story by Bear Guerra

The Guardian publishes Ruxandra's story from El Salvador, written with the support of Round Earth Media.

"In February 1967, a humble young cotton farmer left his home in south-eastern El Salvador and made his way to Washington DC, where he eventually found work as a dishwasher. Sigfredo Chávez’s odyssey was the first ripple of migration from the sleepy town of Intipucá to the US capital, a northwards tide that remains in full spate nearly 50 years later."

Read the full story here.

Upcoming Stories from El Salvador by Bear Guerra


Ruxandra just spent a few days in the small and slow town of Intipucá in El Salvador, "the only place in the world to have built a monument to its first migrant." She also traveled to Chalatenango, an area that was heavily hit by the civil war in the Eighties, when Salvadoran armed forces killed thousands of local peasants. These stories, looking at migration and community rebuilding, were made possible with the support of Round Earth Media. Coming very soon to radio and print.