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Church mediates gang truce in El Salvador

Catholic World News - March 22, 2012

Bishop Fabio Colindres Abarca, who heads the military ordinariate for El Salvador, has announced a truce between rival drug-trafficking gangs, which has proposed a welcome drop in the rate of violent crime.

Bishop Colindres said that the two gangs—MS-13 and Barrio 18—agreed to stop attacking each other. The gangs had asked the Church to mediate their feud, the bishop said, and public officials made no concessions to the gang members.

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