Seven hundred soldiers have been inducted into the El Salvadorean army in a ceremony in Sonsonate Province.
GVs Soldiers standing on parade, coming to attention and presenting arms. (3 SHOTS)
GV Officers saluting troops.
GV Soldiers marching around parade ground.
SV Weeping woman walking past dead body of man, and woman crying over the body at roadside.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV People putting money into collecting box next to crying woman.
CU Dead man with wounds in face and neck.
GV Policeman and people standing near body - policeman taking notes.
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Background: Seven hundred soldiers have been inducted into the El Salvadorean army in a ceremony in Sonsonate Province. The ceremony was attended by friends and relatives of the soldiers, and among the official guests were President Alvaro Magana, Defence Minister Jose Garcia, and the United States Ambassador, Mr. Dean Hinton. Violence, which has been raging throughout the country for almost three years, has continued, but the government claims a steady flow of recruits of the armed forces fighting with left-wing guerrillas. An estimated 34,000 people, mostly civilians, have died during the civil war, many of them anonymous victims, like this body recently found at a roadside 50 kilometres north of the capital, San Salvador. His mother and other relatives stayed near the body and people passing by donated money to the family. El Salvador relies almost entirely on economic aid from the United States, and President Reagan has said the country would continue to receive aid because it was making progress in curbing human rights abuses. Organisations that protect civil liberties and human rights say the rate of killings has risen sharply. The death toll dropped following the elections in March, when a Right-wing coalition came to power. Many murders have been blamed on the members of the Security Forces - Army, National Guard and police.