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The World

February 01, 1988

El Salvador's 8-year-old civil war came to a temporary halt as both the army and the leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front agreed to a "day of peace" while health workers vaccinated an estimated 200,000 children and about 30,000 pregnant women. The national immunization campaign was organized by the U.N. Children's Fund. The vaccinations were for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles and whooping cough--diseases that account for 60% of the deaths of Salvadoran children, according to the Health Ministry. The one-day truce has traditionally been respected by both sides since UNICEF began vaccination campaigns in 1985.

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