Kasia Strek/Panos Pictures

San Salvador, El Salvador

Alba Lorena Rodriguez (30) already had two daughters when at the age of 19, in 2010, she was gang raped. In order not to trouble her critically ill mother, she decided to keep the crime to herself. As a result of the rape she became pregnant and in the fifth month of her pregnancy she miscarried. She was prosecuted for aggravated homicide and sentenced to 30 years in prison. She says that while incarcerated the other inmates often mistreated her. During the near 10 years she spent in prison, she wrote daily letters to her daughters. Now, after being released in March 2019, she still is not able to live with her family as just two days after returning home, she was kidnapped by members of the gang that control her local area and, with a gun pressed to her temple, was ordered to disappear within two hours.

Object Name
Kasia Strek/Panos Pictures
San Salvador
El Salvador
Max size
High Resolution
5000 x 3338 pixels
42.33 x 28.26 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.13 inch (300 dpi)
4.9 MB size on disk
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