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Stern Crime - June 2018

Nadege Mazars

One year ago in April 2017, when I heard about the former gang members converted to Christianity, it was something really strange and new for me, something I never thank about. To be honest I came to El Salvador with the idea of no working on the "gang issue". Three months later I came back to El Salvador to discover an unknown world.
This story, first published with Stern Crime here, has been and continue to be more than a reportage. Because I approached and tried to understand the complexity into which El Salvador is caught. And first at all the young people, caught in a war without name. For those who were affiliated to a gang and search to go out, there is few options to change their life. There is no specific public policy, except repression. Only some evangelical churches open their doors. Here comes a part of the story.


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Pictures and publication on Libération about the story of Teodora, sentenced to 30 years in jail after a miscarriage, the perseverance of Ceci, her sister, to denounce the injustice, and the fight of Agrupación Cuidadana por la Depenalización del Aborto en El Salvador.
Criminalization of abortion in el Salvador is so total and blind that a woman can be convicted for a homicide after a miscarriage.
Strong story by Anne Proenza
Thanks to Frédérique Rondet to edit it for Libération.
Thanks to Jean Stern and his support for the achievement of this reportage on the field with Chronique d'Amnesty International.
And again, thanks to IWMF for its support on the first step of the reportage.

Featured on Women Photograph: Best Photos of 2017

Nadege Mazars

Really honored to be part of the selection of end of year curated by Mallory Benedict for Women Photograph.

The picture is from my new project in El Salvador, about former gang members.

Jose Rolando, a former gang member, shows his tattoos being erased. He followed 34 laser sessions to remove the signs of this former belonging to the 18 gang in El Salvador. 

Jose Rolando, a former gang member, shows his tattoos being erased. He followed 34 laser sessions to remove the signs of this former belonging to the 18 gang in El Salvador. 

Chronique d'Amnesty International about Abortion in El Salvador

Nadege Mazars

In El Salvador, there are women going to jail after having a miscarriage, charged for homicide and convicted for 30 years. 
The abortion penalization is absolute and there are total confusion and suspicion that most of the time turned against women with humble origins. Women can't have abortion including when pregnancy is a real danger for their life, including when the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape, including when the girl is only 12…
Teodora is one of these women. She called the emergency when she felt she was about to give birth… They didn't arrived on time, she fainted, didn't realized she lost her baby, and when the medical service came to her, it was to report to the police. In December, her sentence, 30 years imprisonment, was confirmed…

Please have a look to the special feature of Chronique d'Amnesty International, November 2017, with my pictures in El Salvador and a sensitive text by Anne Proenza.

The IWMF supported the first steps of this reportage as part of its Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative.

El Salvador

Nadege Mazars

I will be there from September 24 to Octuber 17.
Same number + 509 70 46 05 94
Colombian number for the whatsapp: +57 313 509 77 92


Christian Science Monitor about La Cachada Teatro - El Salvador

Nadege Mazars

The kind of collaboration I'm really proud to humbly be part. Thank you Catarina Fernandes Martins to tell the story of the women from La Cachada Teatro!

And thanks to the International Woman's Media Foundation to give us the chance to meet and make this cooperation possible!

Artesanal Mining in El Salvador on Public Radio International

Nadege Mazars

In March, El Salvador banned the mineral mining, to protect the water ressource in this little country that also has the higher population density in Central America. 
But with this law, the future of the artisanal miners is now uncertain.
An article by my talented colleague Deepa Fernandes, and the pictures by me.

The reportage was made at the time of the Adelante program fellowship. Thanks to the International Women's Media Foundation!!

The Lempa river in El Salvador

Nadege Mazars

The Lempa river is the most important river in El Salvador. A recent study showed that the Lempa is less and less fit for human consumption, for its high level of bacteriums. Added to this threat there are the ramifications of drought. In 2016, the country stated for the first time an hydraulic emergency. Besides the climate change, the current pollution, the mining and other industrial activities from El Salvador and neighbouring countries (Guatemala, Honduras) are pointed. 

On March, the Salvadorian parliament voted a ley banning the mineral mining to preserve the water in this little country.

El Salvador - Adelante Program with the International Women's Media Foundation

Nadege Mazars

Between March 26 and April 12, I was following the Adelante program of the IWMF. After some days in Mexico to receive a Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT), I was in El Salvador to begin some new stories, at the same time of 6 other female journalists as part of the fellowship. A lot of meetings… A first trip to feel the country and go back in few times. 

A Sunday morning at the time of the mass and near the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Savior, a woman is selling some poster of the Christ and Monsignor Romero, archbishop of San Salvador taht was killed by the military and the beginning of the 1980. He still stays a popular and loved figure of the contemporary Salvador.