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.
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