From Exodus to Exitus

In PRIF-Report No. 80 Heidrun Zinecker analyzes the causes for postwar violence in El Salvador

Within the framework of the project Political, Cultural and Socio-Economic Determinants of Violence in Fragmented SocietiesHeidrun Zinecker has published a country/case study - this time on El Salvador under the titleFrom Exodus to Exitus. On the causes of postwar violence in El Salvador.


Starting from the observation that El Salvador shows the highest violence rate in Central America, the author analyzes the causes for that. Hereby she identifies the so-called remesas, rents that emigrated Salvadorians send home to their families, as the main cause for the high level of violence. Therefore the exodus of the Salvadorians mainly cause the huge scale of unnatural exitus in Salvador.


This PRIF-Report is a translation of the HSFK-Report 3/2007 Vom Exodus zum Exitus. Zu den Ursachen der Nachkriegsgewalt in El Salvador.