Stories From El Salvador

Stories From El Salvador: Karla

I never realized until I went to El Salvador for the first time what pedir de fiado was. It was like a mix of asking for a favor, a credit, and sometimes a paying it forward sort of thing.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • 3:50 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Roque

Mi Abuelo Tanes
un corazón de campesino
pero de hierro.

  • Feb 8, 2019
  • 4:03 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Kevin Peña

The homeland knows pain/it knows anger/and frustration/and hunger

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • 11:24 am

Stories From El Salvador: Mothers

My mother became a wife at the age of 14 years old.

  • Jan 3, 2019
  • 8:17 am

Stories From El Salvador: Susana

My parents believed that when we came to the United States, it was better if I didn’t speak Spanish outside the house.

  • Dec 20, 2018
  • 6:05 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Pedro

Our apartment in Queens, New York, was adorned by at least 10 rosaries, five portraits of the Virgin Mary and seven crosses.

  • Dec 14, 2018
  • 4:30 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Eloísa

I grew up being called la oveja negra.

  • Dec 6, 2018
  • 9:14 am

Stories From El Salvador: Alex

“My right to hearing sounds and noises was taken from me during a war that I will never understand.”

  • Nov 29, 2018
  • 1:52 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Nadia

My memories are broken and fuzzy blurs.

  • Nov 20, 2018
  • 11:43 am

Stories From El Salvador: Norma

I’ve come to realize that maybe that’s why the pain visits us yearly, leaving us with the worse emotional hangover of the year.

  • Nov 5, 2018
  • 12:34 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Liliana Vásquez

I was an immigrant child, confused, unaware of why we had traveled so far from the world I knew.

  • Nov 1, 2018
  • 6:23 am

Stories From El Salvador: I Am THAT Salvadoran

Who doesn’t like pupusas, who doesn’t dance cumbias, who refused to have a quinceañera because I always disliked dresses and pink shit.

  • Oct 31, 2018
  • 11:36 am

Stories From El Salvador: My Mother

I’ve never understood my mother’s paranoia when she hears certain words.

  • Oct 24, 2018
  • 9:32 am

Stories From El Salvador: Isabel

El Salvador was the place where I saw my mother as she truly was.

  • Oct 22, 2018
  • 3:39 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Our Son

Today we told our son that Salvadorans are Saints

  • Oct 18, 2018
  • 2:46 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Pablo

I had been deprived from speaking Spanish because I was in an only-English mode.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • 2:03 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Willy Palomo

That makes this the first story in Mama’s mythology.

  • Oct 16, 2018
  • 9:51 am

Stories From El Salvador: Monsignor Romero

We celebrate the universal legacy of a man whose actions have left most Salvadorans knowing that love is real and is worth fighting for.

  • Oct 14, 2018
  • 2:26 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Rubén Reyes

Just because your parents are from a place it does not mean that you can also claim it fully as yours.

  • Oct 11, 2018
  • 10:13 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Elmer

“I felt fear, anger, sadness, and the urge to hide under my bed that my grandmother had kept after all these years.”

  • Oct 10, 2018
  • 2:31 pm

Stories From El Salvador: Jessica Alegría

I am the actions, hopes, triumphs, and pain of my ancestors.

  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 1:21 pm