In Honduras and El Salvador, criminal gangs exert heavy territorial control, especially in urban areas where poverty is rampant. Children living in these areas experience pressure, intimidation, force displacement, sexual harassment, and traumatic abuse by criminal groups. Nearly 4 out of 10 children living in areas controlled by criminal gangs are out of school in these countries.
Criminal violence is wreaking havoc on the lives of countless children in El Salvador and Honduras. Bright futures are dashed each time children are too afraid to attend school and are forced to drop out.
In cooperation with its humanitarian partner, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the European Union runs Education in Emergencies projects to provide protection and education to children affected by violence in Honduras and El Salvador.
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