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Gang members fitted for new prosthetic legs in San Salvador

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Mara Salvatrucha gang member Noelio Calderon is attended by a technician to repair his prosthesis in a non profit organization on San Salvador, El Salvador, on May 29. Four imprisoned gang members are having their prosthesis repaired in order to imporve their quality of life as part of the benefits of the truce between gangs and the government.

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Shackled inmate Noelio Calderon, a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, adjusts his old prosthetic leg at a clinic where he is getting measured for a new one in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Jailed member of street gang Mara Salvatrucha, Santos Benitez Sanchez, 44, who lost his left leg during a fight against a rival gang, waits to be fitted with a prosthetic leg at the clinic of the Salvadoran Handicapped Organization in San Salvador on May 29.

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Mara Salvatrucha gang member Santos Benito Sanchez is attended by a technician to repair his prosthesis in a non profit organization on San Salvador.

Four members of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha are having their prosthetic legs repaired or replaced on May 29 as a part of an initiative to improve their quality of life.

The plan to fit disabled gang inmates with prosthetic limbs is part of a peace process between gangs and the government, pushed by the Catholic Church.

Around 160 jailed Maras, or gang, members require prostheses for their handicaps, according to the Salvadoran Handicapped Organization.

--msnbc.com wire services contributed to this blog post

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