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Could the U.S. be Blamed for Gang Violence in El Salvador?


“It was Easier During the War.”

30 murders a day. Killers as young as 12. 80 percent of homicides gang-related. The violence in El Salvador is almost unfathomable…and in part, blamed on the U.S.

During the 12-year long civil war in the 1980s and early 90s, many Salvadorans emigrated to the U.S. and joined either La Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) or Barrio 18, both Los Angeles-based gangs. When the U.S. stepped in and started deporting gang members to their home country, all hell broke lose back in El Salvador.

READ: Rape, Murder, Kidnapping: The Reality of Teenage Girls in El Salvador

Photojournalist, Patrick Tombola, captured the deplorable state of the country during a recent. While documenting the lives of Salvadorans trapped in this violence, he heard something shocking: “One thing that people keep repeating is that it was easier during the war. At least, you knew who your real enemies were,” he said. “Today, anyone can be grabbing a gun and shoot at you without repercussions.”

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Quiz: Yep, He's that One Cholo from Every Movie. Can You Guess Which One by a Screenshot?


Quiz: Yep, He’s that One Cholo from Every Movie. Can You Guess Which One by a Screenshot?

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You know Noel G, right? He’s the actor you’ve seen playing (mostly) cholos on TV and in movies. You probably remember him as this cholo in Training Day…

Credit: Warner Bros.

Or Road Dogz… or The X-Files… or S.W.A.T.… or Harsh Times… or Hood of Horror… or Street Kings… YOU GET IT.

Seriously, someone even made a YouTube video with the following description:

Credit: ComedyTimeLatino / YouTube

OK, he’s not exactly the “Mexican guy from every movie.” His name is Noel Gugliemi and he’s an actor-comedian based in Los Angeles.

But… if you had to look at a screenshot of the movies he’s been in, could you guess which movie it was? Here’s your chance: