El Salvadro was labeled as on of the most violent countries in the westernhemisphere. This stigma was relinquished in March of this year, when theunexpected news of a truce between the two major gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS)and Barrio 18 was announced. This peace accord came from a dialogue between thechurch and government with gang leaders whom are serving long jail sentences inthe overcrowded prisons of El Salvador. Therewas a lot of uncertainty about this agreement, which meant that the two gangsor “MARAS” would lessen their crime activity, especially homicides. Since then homicides have been reduced to about60%, to an average of 5 homicides per day compared to 13 before the truce. Although this is a good condition for theSalvadoran peoples, there is still consternation about the violence and gangsin the country. Throughout the truce crimes related to gang activity havecontinued to happen, some due to non-payment of extortions, random killings ofteenage students and others for not complying with the gang leaders orders ofthe truce. The occurrence of the disappeared have increase, according to LegalMedicine records show about 1000 disappears since this pact between the gangsstarted and mass graves have been unearth with bodies of persons believed to bevictims of the violence generated by the gangs. The truce continues and the country is mourning less but will it be forever.
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