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posted 02/25/13

Sahra Sulaiman's Work

Even for those who know they want a better life for themselves, escaping from gang life can be extremely challenging. It's hard not to get sucked back in — or worse. Reporter Sahra Sulaiman shares stories of young lives struggling to survive some of L.A.'s roughest neighborhoods.

The public space in parts of Los Angeles can be violent and uncertain, particularly for young men of color. Time once spent sitting on the porch socializing is now spent inside, isolated, staring at the door. As a retaliatory attack can come at any time, everyone has to be on guard.