The headlines of the past ten days provoke feelings of insecurity for everyone in El Salvador. As just some examples:
- Three local school teachers were murdered in the town of San Juan Opico.
- A Mexican official who is part of Interpol was attacked in broad daylight in San Salvador by gunmen. The attack left the official wounded and his wife dead.
- Four members of a family were massacred by suspects using an AK-47 assault rifle.
The presence of troops in the streets has produced no reduction in the level of homicides or extortions afflicting Salvadorans. With 1063 murders in the first three months of the year, the country averages 12 homicides a day.
A longer term approach was shown as the government launched a violence prevention program focused on youth in 76 communities in the greater San Salvador area. The program, funded by funds from the European Union, aims to benefit 350,000 youth and to recover public spaces in local communities. President Funes called it the most ambitious youth violence prevention program ever launched in the country.