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May 30, 2013

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“They still come to collect rent, demand things without paying,” said Tevez, who runs a small convenience store in the town outside of the capital of San Salvador. “All of a sudden they’ve started asking for rice, beans, whatever they feel like. If I don’t give it to them, they will kill me.”

Officials say murders have dropped 52 percent in El Salvador, where an average of 14 people a day were killed before the March 2012 truce. The same gangs announced a similar agreement on Tuesday in Honduras, where an estimated 20 people die daily in what is called the most dangerous country in the world. The experience of their neighbors gives Hondurans little hope that their everyday lives will suddenly change.

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