El Salvador: Riddled with Fear

A people so terrorized that the wounds may never heal

When a Jeep Cherokee or a pickup truck with smoked windows approaches the main gate of the University of El Salvador, some students instinctively dart for cover. Though such vehicles are common in El Salvador's capital, they have gained notoriety as the favored conveyance of right-wing death squads, and occasionally spray the campus with anonymous gunfire. Two months ago the head of the university's employees' union was shoved into a black-windowed truck. He has not been seen since.

/ The residents of San Jose Guayabal, a town northeast of the capital, walk several blocks out of their way to avoid a...