The El Salvador Civil War lasted 12 years and left over 75,000 dead. It also displaced many of its citizens fleeing death squads as well as armies forcibly recruiting child soldiers. Alma Velasco was one of those refugees when she came to America as a teenager. Grateful to her new country, Velsaco now lives in Los Angeles where she works at a clothing factory and focuses all her energy on making a better future for her children. "My kids are the engine that drives my life.... Everything revolves around my kids."


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