1993 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Larry Towell

Magnum Photos for The New York Times Magazine

01 January, 1991

FMLN guerillas rest after a day of fighting government soldiers in the cobblestone guerilla village of San Jose las Flores, El Salvador. Although FMLN guerillas usually fought with American M-16s captured from the army, an Eastern European AKA leans against the post. Central America was an open market for guns throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Poverty remained the main reason for the conflict. In January 1992, the government of El Salvador and the FMLN guerrilla movement signed a treaty to end the 12-year civil war which killed 70,000 and caused one million - a fifth of the total population - to flee the country. It was agreed that the FMLN would become a political party. Shortly before the signing of the peace treaty the army moved into Chalatenango, traditionally an FMLN-controlled area. Assisted by human rights organizations and church organizations, rebels returned to their homes, and the FMLN was being reformed in preparation for the 1994 general election.

About the photographer

Larry Towell

Larry Towell has worked for many years as a freelance Magnum photographer in areas of conflict and social unrest. His work has resulted in thirteen books, hundreds of journal pub...

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