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Life Under Gang Rule in El Salvador
Over the last three years, gang violence has killed nearly 20,000 people in El Salvador, propelling tens of thousands northward in search of safety.
With U.S. help, the Salvadoran government should try to counter gangs with crime prevention as much as with law enforcement.
Nearly 20,000 Salvadorans were killed from 2014 to 2017.
That’s more violent deaths than in several countries that were at war during those years, such as Libya, Somalia and Ukraine.
The murder rate – an astonishing 103 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015 – is still sky-high at 60 per 100,000 in 2017.
The culprit in…