Acquitted in El Salvador

August 20, 2019

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Evelyn Hernández is shown with a black sweater and pink shirt standing among several other women smiling.

Evelyn Hernández, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a suspected abortion, talks to the media after being absolved at a hearing in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Aug. 19, 2019.

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Evelyn Hernández gave birth to a stillborn baby and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2017, convicted of inducing an abortion that killed her baby. But on Monday, Hernández was acquitted in a new trial that activists say was a victory for women's rights in El Salvador. In the second part in our series from Ghana, the country has declared a "Year of Return" for the African diaspora to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. The World's Rupa Shenoy has the story of Mona Boyd, an African American woman living in Accra, Ghana, who helped organize Nancy Pelosi's trip. And, Twitter and Facebook said on Tuesday that the two platforms will be cracking down on what they call a Chinese government disinformation campaign. Beijing has allegedly taken to the social media sites to disperse memes, hip-hop videos and false articles to denigrate pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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