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These Isolated Towns in Dangerous El Salvador Are Murder-Free Zones by Bear Guerra

With one of the highest murder rates in the world — an average of 15 homicides a day — El Salvador has long had a reputation for violence. Back in the 1980s, the country was ravaged by a civil war and displacement. Today, it’s a hotspot for criminal gangs. But amidst all of this, there is a region in the northwestern part of the country where a cluster of towns report almost no homicides, year after year. It's called Chalatenango. Reported in conjunction with Jimmy Alvarado from El Faro, with support from Round Earth Media.

Listen to the radio feature here.

Read the print feature on The Christian Science Monitor here.

Upcoming Stories from El Salvador by Bear Guerra


Ruxandra just spent a few days in the small and slow town of Intipucá in El Salvador, "the only place in the world to have built a monument to its first migrant." She also traveled to Chalatenango, an area that was heavily hit by the civil war in the Eighties, when Salvadoran armed forces killed thousands of local peasants. These stories, looking at migration and community rebuilding, were made possible with the support of Round Earth Media. Coming very soon to radio and print.