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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Generosity costs less than a wall

"My future is here." "Mi futuro esta aqui."

This is what a some young people in El Salvador are saying. Unlike many of their peers in other parts of Latin America, these young people are not planning to leave their families and friends seeking a better life in El Norte. These young people are hopeful. They believe in a chance to improve themselves and their local community without risking death, imprisonment or a life of fear in the shadows. Listen to them speak in the video below.

Listen to these young voices in El Salvador. Then consider this: Helping them build a better life at home is infinitely less costly than building an "impregnable" wall.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez