Chris Herlinger is international correspondent to Global Sisters Report and also writes on humanitarian and international issues for NCR. He has reported from South Sudan and Darfur, Sudan, as well as numerous other locales, including Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Kenya and Ethiopia and Liberia. He is the co-author, with Paul Jeffrey, of books on Haiti and Darfur, published by Seabury, and a third, on global hunger, published in 2015.
Sunday, Jan. 12, marks the 10th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake that devastated large parts of Haiti, and GSR asked sisters who have worked there to reflect on the anniversary and the earthquake's legacy.
In such an environment as the colonia of Apopa where gang activity is strong, finding and affirming common humanity is not easy. Joy can seem rare, out of reach. But it is not impossible, thanks to a coalition of sisters and partners trying to bring hope through hard work, a stubborn belief in goodness, and a sense that El Salvador's future holds promise.
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in the wake of street protests in Port-au-Prince and other major cities since September, making the humanitarian situation in Haiti, dire even in normal times, critically worse.
In communities like La Chacra on the outskirts of San Salvador, gang violence is a daily threat. Sisters are conducting ministries that heal the wounds of violence and offer support for communities affected by gang activity.