It was nice while it lasted

11 January 2017 was a good day in El Salvador. So good, it might get into the record books.

It was the first 24 hour period in two years without a single murder. It was a bit of a shock as the daily murder rate so far in 2017 had been around 10.

In 2016 there were a total of 5,278 murders, an average of almost 15 a day.

About 40% percent of Salvadorans would like to leave the country, according to a survey published last week by the Institute of Public Opinion at the Central American University José Simeón Cañas in San Salvador.

On 12 January it was business as usual. Two gunmen shot and killed a police officer in a town north of San Salvador, while that night the owner of a car wash in the capital was killed.

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