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Mass held in El Salvador prison to celebrate 100-day milestone in gang truce

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Catholic priest Fabio Colindres speaks with a member of Mara Salvatrucha gang during a mass at the prison of Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

Huffingtonpost.com reports: For twenty years Mara Salvatrucha-13 and 18th Street brought devastating violence to the poor and war-torn country of El Salvador, helping make it the most violent country in the hemisphere. However, now after 100 days on June 16, 2012, a delicately-balanced peace treaty among the two gangs in El Salvador has resulted in a 58 percent reduction in violence-related cases and the saving of close to 800 lives.

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A member of Mara Salvatrucha gang poses at the prison of Ciudad Barrios on Tuesday.

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Mara Salvatrucha gang members attend a mass at the prison on Tuesday.

 

 

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