Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently started working with returned migrants and forcibly displaced people in San Salvador.
A team currently provides medical assistance and psychological support in a shelter in the capital, which is where we met Lucila.
When Lucila arrived at the shelter two days earlier, she brought nothing more than the clothes she was wearing.
Her son’s murder had left her feeling hopeless, fearful, and with thoughts of suicide.
"I no longer wish to live," says Lucila. "After my son was buried, I suggested to my other children that we take poison so as not to suffer this pain any longer. I feel like I’m in a prison.”
Lucila describes how her son was targeted by the gang. "The gang members harassed my son so that he would get involved with them—crime in this country spreads like leprosy," she says.