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Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Brutal 'mara' street gangs and chronic poverty have made El Salvador one of the most murderous countries on the planet, but the growth of evangelical Christianity behind bars is giving gangsters a way to break the spiral of violence.
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April 19, 2018
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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April 19, 2018
Pastor Manuel Rivera, Head of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Pastor Manuel Rivera, Head of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church perform a drama at the San Francisco Gotera...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church perform a drama at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Luis Alfredo Alvarado Hernandez, member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Luis Alfredo Alvarado Hernandez, member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "I have been a gang member since I was 13 years old, but God showed me in dreams that there was a heaven and hell, for the love of my children I decided to leave the gang because there is no future in it," said Hernandez. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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April 19, 2018
Hammocks are seen inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Hammocks are seen inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church participate in a religious service...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church participate in a religious service at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church make hammocks at the San Francisco...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church make hammocks at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Rodolfo de Jesus Cornejo, member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses for...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Rodolfo de Jesus Cornejo, member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses for a picture in the prison orchard at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "People on the outside don't trust us very much, they think we can't change. But yes, we can show them," said Cornejo. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church play ball at the San Francisco Gotera...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church play ball at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church participate in a religious service at the...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church participate in a religious service at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church participate in a religious service at the...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church participate in a religious service at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang participate in a religious service of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church take part in classes at the San Francisco...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church take part in classes at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Pastor Edwin Mauricio Vasquez Chicas, head of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Pastor Edwin Mauricio Vasquez Chicas, head of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the La Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church work in a tailoring workshop...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the La Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church work in a tailoring workshop at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church work inside a quarantine cell at the San Francisco...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Members of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church work inside a quarantine cell at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church learn how to cut hair at the San...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Members of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church learn how to cut hair at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. Former members of the Barrio 18 gang abandoned their gang and decided to form two churches in order to leave their violent past. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Juan Carlos Guerra Romero, member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Juan Carlos Guerra Romero, member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "I became a member of the church after leaving the maximum security jail when I was declared terminally ill with chronic kidney failure, but I have survived two years so far," said Romero. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 19, 2018
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang take part in a carpentry workshop at the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
The Wider Image: Wolves to lambs: finding God behind bars in El Salvador
Former members of the Barrio 18 gang take part in a carpentry workshop at the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) church inside the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Roberto Carlos Valencia Cruz, Member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Roberto Carlos Valencia Cruz, Member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "I was tired of living the disordered life of the gang, the Lord put me in the most appropriate place where he is pulling me out and teaching my brothers to read and write," said Cruz. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE/
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April 19, 2018
Michael Douglas Hernandez, a member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Michael Douglas Hernandez, a member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "I am the librarian at the church and my job is to give reading time to my brothers. I became a Christian two years ago because god touched my heart," said Hernandez. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 19, 2018
Oscar Alirio Montano Amaya, a member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Oscar Alirio Montano Amaya, a member of the Final Trompeta (The Final Trumpet) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. Amaya was part of a hip-hop group called 'Gangster Fury', today he is a deacon of the church and has been a Christian for two years. "God spoke to me in my dreams to convert me. He tried twice but I kept returning to gangster life. The last time, I was resting in a hammock and could hear Christians singing hymns. Suddenly I stared crying and fell to my knees. I took out my earrings as a sign that I had left the gang," said Amaya. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 19, 2018
Henry Josue Castellanos Alvarado, a member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses...
San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador
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Henry Josue Castellanos Alvarado, a member of the Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) evangelical church poses for a picture at the San Francisco Gotera prison, in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, April 10, 2018. "I was born in Milano, Italy, but my parents are from El Salvador. So I traveled there to meet my brothers and sisters. I got into bad friendships that ended with me being in jail. I've been in this prison for a month, I came from another jail where I was for four years," said Alvarado. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "CABEZAS GOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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