Ross Kemp on Gangs: San Salvador

Feb 17, 2024 | Drugs, Lifestyle, Videos

Ross Kemp’s gripping documentary, ‘Gangs of El Salvador’, takes viewers on a heart-wrenching journey deep into the dangerous world of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang in Central America’s smallest, most densely populated and most dangerous country – El Salvador.

The level of violence in El Salvador is unlike anything Ross has ever seen before. It is estimated that there are 11 murders a day in a country with a population smaller than London – making this gang warfare epidemic one of the deadliest in the world. Through his documentary, Ross paints an intimate portrait of what life is like for those caught up in gang culture and how it affects generations of families who are desperately trying to escape its grasp.

The documentary follows Ross as he ventures into neighbourhoods where even police fear to tread and speaks to members of rival gangs about their experiences. From this, we gain an understanding of why they turn to violence and how intimidation can be used as a means survival.

With exclusive access to both sides of the conflict, Ross embarks on an eye-opening journey exploring why so many young people are drawn to gangs and the devastating impact it has on their lives – not just in El Salvador but around the world. It is at times an emotional rollercoaster with several moments that will stay with you long after viewing.

If you’re looking for an unmissable insight into one of the world’s deadliest gang wars then ‘Gangs of El Salvador’ should definitely be at the top your watch list. So don’t miss out on this moving look at the harsh reality faced by those living under MS13 rule – you won’t regret it!

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