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.

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Belize drug mafias. Image by Nick Miroff. Belize, 2011.
Billionaire Mexican drug mafias are muscling into Central America, undermining the region’s feeble governments and bringing violence to levels not seen since the civil wars of the 1970s and 80s.

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