Salvadoran Civil War

Salvadoran Civil War

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The Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992) was a conflict in El Salvador between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a coalition or umbrella organization of five left-wing militias. Significant tensions and violence had already existed, before the civil war's full outbreak, over the course of the 1970s. El Salvador's Civil War was the third longest civil war in Latin America after the Guatemalan Civil War and the Armed conflict in Peru.The United States supported the Salvadorian military government.(No author.) TIME Magazine March 16, 1981. Retrieved 2008-07-16. CIA World Factbook. Accessed online February 21, 2008. USAID Central America and Mexico Gang Assessment, 2006, p. 50. accessed online July 29, 2011.

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El Salvador is a small country located in Central America bordered by Honduras, Guatemala, and the Pacific Ocean. In recent years, it has been plagued by violence and poverty due to over-population and class struggles. The conflict between the rich and the poor of the country has existed for more than a century.

In the late 1880s, coffee became a major cash crop for El Salvador. It brought in 95% of the country's income. Unfortunately,...
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