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Mexican Drug Violence Spreads Across Central America

November 27, 2011|

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Central America now has the highest homicide rate in the world. Gabriela Ramírez is comforted at the funeral of her husband, Francisco Ortiz Franco, an editor of Zeta, a muckraking weekly in Tijuana, Mexico. Image by Knight Foundation, Flickr. Mexico, 2010.

The drug war in Mexico is taking a terrible toll in Central America. The region now has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to a new UN report, as traffickers move more and more U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America's struggling, weak states.