Kylla Leeburg, co-founder of the Truckers Against Trafficking organization returned as our guest on Blog Talk Radio’s, Truth About Trucking “LIVE” on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 to discuss her book, “My Life Crazy.”
The book details her two year missionary work in El Salvador, working and living among the two most powerful and dangerous gangs in the region: the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13 gang) and their rival, the Dieciocho (the 18th street gang).
With the Mara Salvatrucha known as the most dangerous gang in America, Kylla was able to befriend both rival gangs, forming a friendship between herself and their very different cultures and lifestyles.
Actually living amongst the poverty and violence, her friends consisted of gang members who carried names such as: “Psycho”, “Snake”, “Ghost” and “Killer”, as well as the amazing bond she formed among those known as the “gluesniffers.”
Living inside the world of the violent Salvadoran gangs, she helplessly witnessed beatings and stabbings, while “learning” of planned killings and always on the edge for her own safety:
“You better be careful what you do. You can’t be on both sides. Something can happen to you.” He released my arm, and as he walked away, he shouted over his shoulder, “Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.”
A great way to spend your 34 hour break, it’s a great read, as we also discussed how her own personal convictions and experiences led to her co-founding of Truckers Against Trafficking.
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