El Salvador Gangs Call Truce

in El Salvador, where its two largest street gangs – “Calle 18″ and “Mara Salvatrucha” – have reached an unprecedented truce that authorities say has cut the homicide rate in half in just four months.
The relentless tit-for-tat murders between the two gangs made El Salvador the most murderous in the world last year after neighbouring Honduras, also ravaged by gang violence. [23 photos total]

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Policemen escort gang members of MS13 in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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A gang member of MS13 is presented to the media in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Police officers are seen during a presentation of MS13 gang members in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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A policeman places handcuffs on a MS13 gang member after being presented to the media in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Policeman places handcuffs on MS13 gang members after being presented to the media in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Policemen escort gang members as they are presented to the media in Soyapango (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Hooded gang members carry sacks with weapons to be handed over to authorities, as part of a truce between gangs in San Salvador (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Army chaplain Colindres speaks next to Insulza, secretary general of the OAS, in front of weapons handed over by gang members as part of a truce between gangs in San Salvador (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Inmate who is a gang member takes an improvised shower at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang members and inmates pose for a photograph at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Lock with a number engraved hangs on a gate separating areas between female and male inmates at a prison in Quetzaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Star with a bible verse reading Lord, give me strength, Isaiah 41:13 is pinned on a needle in male inmates area of a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Couple both gang members and inmates kiss during a religious service at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member who is also an inmate flashes his gang's sign as he poses for a picture in a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member who is also an inmate flashes his gang's sign as he poses for a picture in a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member who is also an inmate stands inside a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang members who are also inmates boil water at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member gets a haircut from a fellow inmate at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member looks into a broken piece of mirror while getting a haircut by a fellow inmate at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang members who are also inmates pose for a photograph at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Gang member who is also an inmate holds a wooden cross he was given along with an image of the Virgin Mary during a religious service at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Couple both gang members and inmates share a moment during a religious service at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Victor Garcia alias The Duck from Calle 18 gang sits with his wife and daughter during a religious service at a prison in Quezaltepeque (STRINGER/REUTERS) #

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