The country’s funeral workers were losing business as gang killings dropped - but then coronavirus hit.
Honduras is trying to get El Salvador and Guatemala on board the idea of a tri-national force to fight the gangs. The plan is inspired by the controversial crackdown currently underway in El Salvador.
The arrest of 18 people for allegedly committing crimes while they helped negotiate the last truce in 2012 appears to rule out any alternative to the government’s “iron fist” approach to the country’s brutal criminal gangs.
The government is waging a war against the country's gangs. So far, in 2016, 2,230 people have been killed, an increase of 158 percent from the same period in 2015.
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Experiencing an explosion of criminal violence, many Salvadorans cling to the slain archbishop’s message of peace and reconciliation as a source of hope.
The Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs kill with near total impunity in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the world's leading city for homicides. VICE News spent several nights with reporter Orlin Castro as he covered a seemingly endless stream of killings.