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April 28, 2003

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El Salvador struggles to rebuild itself yet we hear of some scenic villages in the northern part of the country that are worth a visit. The countryside is the starkest we've seen in Central America: denuded hillsides, no jungle, patchwork farmland, an occasional volcano rising like a black cloud over a dusty, thorny plain.
Fernando Llort moved to this village, La Palma, and developed an art trend of bold stroke landscapes that represent Salvadorean art around the world.
Hard to believe today, after the rebuilding effort, that this region of northern El Salvador saw terrible fighting during the civil war and bore the brunt of the tierra arrasada (scorched earth) tactics that burned fields, killed livestock, and murdered people.