The United States will supply more than 200-million dollars in economic aid to El Salvador this year, most to be spent on joint reconstruction projects with the Salvadoran government in war-ravaged towns.
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GVs Rebuilding work in progress (4 shots)
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GV Workers building wall
GVs Workers digging trenches for drainage (3 shots)
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Background: The United States will supply more than 200-million dollars in economic aid to El Salvador this year, most to be spent on joint reconstruction projects with the Salvadoran government in war-ravaged towns. Observers say it's a move reminiscent of Vietnam aimed at neutralizing left-wing guerrillas and winning the "hearts and minds " of the people. In the capital city of Berlin, one hundred kilometres (63 miles) east of the capital, San Salvador, a pilot project has begun. Berlin was occupied by guerrillas in January this year, suffering heavy damage in a three-day battle before the rebels pulled out. Now the military and several Salvadoran ministries are coordinating operations to rebuild homes, roads and bridges and to redistribute land to peasants, providing them with water and electricity. Local workers have been employed, paid for out of the United States fund. Their tasks include digging ditches for new sewers,laying foundations for new buildings and repairing old ones. Some are working on stage one of the Clarence D. Long school, named after the US congressman whose subcommittee oversees aid to El Salvador through the US agency for International Development (AID); so far one point seven million dollars has been spent on Berlin and neighboring towns. Salvadoran and US officials say the campaign was planned in May last year to show that the government is "part of the solution, not part if the problem". But it doesn't preclude military activity. The civic action teams will be used to mop-up after government "search and destroy" missions which are now being planned. Officials have predicted an imminent sweep, using some ten-thousand troops. of the eastern provinces of Usulatan and San Vicente which are experiencing increased guerrilla activity.