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El Salvador gang truce leads to an unusual peace

Monday, August 13, 2012


A truce between El Salvador's most feared gangs is offering a glimmer of hope for a violence-plagued region.

The northern expanse of Central America is the most violent place on Earth. It’s no wonder, then, that crime experts scoffed when El Salvador’s two largest gangs announced a truce on March 9.

Since then, almost 160 days later, the truce holds firm. The country’s daily homicide rate has plummeted by nearly 70 percent.



Source: Time magazine