El Salvador is a country about the size of Wales, with a population of 6 million people.
Since the Spanish conquest in the early 1600s, it has experienced a turbulent history, the chief feature of which has been the struggle for land ownership.
From 1980 to 1992, a brutal civil war resulted in the loss of over 75,000 lives. While some gains were made, the issue of land ownership was never resolved. The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) has resulted in further impoverishment of poor people provoking mass emigration to the USA.