Mercedes Moreno emigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles 36 years ago. She began working as a babysitter, and in the process became a mother. Mercedes is one of the hundred of thousands of Salvadoreans who fled a brutal civil war that killed 75,000 and displaced more than one million people. This is her story of arrival.


Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

Tune into KCRW’s Morning Edition this holiday season for a series of short profiles gathered inside La Burbuja – our mobile recording booth. The profile of Mercedes Moreno was produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Sonya Geis. Sound design by Ray Guarna and a special thanks to Paola Briseño.

Our profile series is airing at 7 a.m. every weekday from Monday, Dec. 24 thru Friday, Jan. 4. If you’re not an early bird, audio will also be posted here daily. Tune in, check back!

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