El Salvador: Humanitarian Report 2024

El Salvador: Humanitarian Report 2024

Article 23 April 2024 El Salvador

In adherence to our fundamental principles, we continued working in 2023 to protect the lives and dignity of individuals deprived of liberty, families of missing persons, people in mobility, and communities. Learn more in our 2024 activity report.

Protecting humanitarian action: A shared commitment

Karim Khallaayoun
Head of the ICRC's mission in El Salvador

Lack of access to essential services or a safe home, or losing contact with loved ones are just some of the humanitarian consequences of violence. In these contexts, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offers a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian response, seeking to alleviate people's suffering and protect their lives and dignity.

READ: "PROTECTING HUMANITARIAN ACTION: A SHARED COMMITMENT"

46.944
people deprived of their liberty have better access to health care thanks to ICRC interventions
1.934
calls enabled migrants to communicate with their families through telephone lines provided by the ICRC to civil society organizations.
17.084
people in Apopa had better access to medical care through infrastructure improvements at a health unit.
641
members of the Armed Forces of El Salvador were trained in IHL

"There's a motto we often say and stress: 'We're not alone, but when we started the search we were alone.' This struggle has made us all stronger. It's allowed us to meet new people, new families. Some of us may already have lost some members of our families, who went away and were never heard of again. But we've found new families. From that starting point, these spaces (such as the family conference) are crucial, because they enable us to create these alliances."

Mexico and Central America: "The urgent need for a coordinated response to silent violence"

Olivier Dubois
Head of the ICRC's regional delegation for Mexico and Central America

It is this silent violence that worries us the most, because whole families and communities are no longer able to live in peace and follow their dreams, but this violence may go unnoticed. Only those who sit at a comfortable distance can act like nothing is happening and convince themselves that this silence is peaceful rather than fearful.

READ: "THE URGENT NEED FOR A COORDINATED RESPONSE TO SILENT VIOLENCE" 

 Learn more about our work in Mexico and Central America

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