Women, youth and people of the LGBTI community are “especially vulnerable” to suffer forced displacement due to violence in El Salvador, as found by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements.
The United Nations Agency for Refugees (Acnur), informed, in a statement, that Clements concluded on Tuesday a visit to communities affected by this phenomenon, attributed mainly to gang violence.
“Young people, women and LGBTI people are particularly vulnerable, but with their creativity, energy and desire to prosper, they also represent the hope of breaking the cycles of violence,” said Clements, who visited the Central American country since February 9 past.
The UN expert, according to the statement, “heard testimonies of victims of internal forced displacement and gender-based violence.”
“The meeting provided a space for reflection on the disproportionate impact that forced displacement has on women and the urgency of developing a differentiated response for them,” said the source.
Clements also came to a community “at risk” in San Salvador to “observe the situation in which the most vulnerable Salvadoran families live and listen to people living in that context.”
On the other hand, the Deputy High Commissioner met with the Salvadoran Vice President, Felix Ulloa, and the Vice Minister of Development Cooperation, Víctor Lagos.
In these meetings, which also took place with other officials of the Salvadoran Government, he learned about efforts to “respond to the phenomenon of forced displacement.”
The Congress of El Salvador passed on January 9 a law to protect victims of forced displacement generated by gangs more than a year and a half after the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) will order it to issue the legislation.
In this way, this state body officially recognized the phenomenon, which in 2018 alone left more than 235,700 people displaced by violence, according to projections from a national survey of the Jesuit Central American University (UCA).
The UNHCR, based on official figures, estimates that around 71,500 people have been internally displaced by violence in El Salvador and that there are approximately 167,000 Salvadoran asylum seekers and refugees in the world at the end of 2019.