Below are key sources to keep abreast of current news from Central America.
A regularly updated collection of articles on current events in Central America and Central American immigration. These include stories about the impact on water of gold-mining in El Salvador, myths about refugees, the drug wars, and the situation in Honduras when vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine was there. See full list.
When We Were Young There Was a War. This interactive website enlightens and engages students as they learn about the armed conflicts and their aftermaths in El Salvador and Guatemala through the poignant personal stories of Central American adults revisiting their wartime childhoods.
Destiny’s Children: A Legacy of War and Gangs. Powerful photo essays by Donna DeCesare follow the lives of four young people and their families as they deal with the impact of war, gangs, and incarceration.
Unfinished Sentences Testimony Archive. This archive is composed of oral histories shared by 48 people who were residents of the community of Arcatao, in the department of Chalatenango, El Salvador, during the period of the Salvadoran civil war.
When Corruption is the Operating System: The Case of Honduras. In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members. Honduras offers a prime example of such intertwined, or “integrated,” transnational kleptocratic networks.
Guatemala Commission on Human Rights monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change.
These websites offer lessons for teaching about Central America. We have not reviewed nor field tested them. Let us know if you use any of the lessons and your feedback.