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El Salvador clinic helps erase stigma of gang life

The first patient of the day was a plump 16-year-old wearing sparkly barrettes, Mary Jane-style shoes and a shy smile. But there was nothing girlish about the tattoo that Abelina Orellana had come to get removed: a giant ”18” scrawled across her back in crude, gothic numerals. The emblem signified membership in the vicious 18th Street, or Eighteen, gang that, along with rival Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has terrorized communities across Central America for nearly a decade. Full Story

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