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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.