El Salvador

Peace Corps withdraws from violent El Salvador

When Andrew Piotrowski went to El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2011, he settled into his labors in the rural village of La Cuchilla without incident.

He taught young Salvadorans computer literacy and sex education. He wrote grants, planted crops and ran soccer tournaments.

He saw himself making the kind of "small but measurable differences" he believes his 110 or so colleagues were also making in the Central American nation of 6.4 million.

He was one of many associated with the Peace Corps disappointed to learn that the program had suspended operations in El Salvador on Jan. 11 because of a homicide rate that has made it one of the most dangerous...