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Most Dangerous City? Mexico's Ciudad Juarez Battles Violence

Ciudad Juarez has a notorious history of violence as the site of ongoing turf wars between rival gangs and where femicide continues to be at crisis levels. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of women have been murdered. The city has been labeled the most dangerous of the world.
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Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez August 31, 2009. A man was handcuffed to a fence and shot several times by drug hit men outside a nightclub, according to local media.
Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez August 31, 2009. A man was handcuffed to a fence and shot several times by drug hit men outside a nightclub, according to local media. Photo:Reuters
A dog approaches the burnt body of a person at a crime scene in a low-income neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez November 9, 2014. According to local media, the body was identified as the body of a woman.
A dog approaches the burnt body of a person at a crime scene in a low-income neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez November 9, 2014. According to local media, the body was identified as the body of a woman. Photo:Reuters
Ricardo (top), a recovered heroin addict and a volunteer of the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry, places his hands and prays over a recently admitted heroin addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009.
Ricardo (top), a recovered heroin addict and a volunteer of the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry, places his hands and prays over a recently admitted heroin addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. Photo:Reuters
Cadets of the state police academy and fiscal investigators, specializing in the prosecution of crimes committed against women, walk on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez March 5, 2013. Some 300 people searched on the outskirts of the city and in the valley in an effort to find the remains of women who have gone missing in the past years, local media reported.
Cadets of the state police academy and fiscal investigators, specializing in the prosecution of crimes committed against women, walk on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez March 5, 2013. Some 300 people searched on the outskirts of the city and in the valley in an effort to find the remains of women who have gone missing in the past years, local media reported. Photo:Reuters
Ten-year-old Jose Angel holds his violin while posing for a photograph on a street in his neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, October 15, 2010. In one of the world
Ten-year-old Jose Angel holds his violin while posing for a photograph on a street in his neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, October 15, 2010. In one of the world's deadliest cities, a former heroin addict is changing lives with violins and trumpets rather than assault rifles. Photo:Reuters
Friends, colleagues and family members embrace while mourning the death of Luis Carlos Santiago during his funeral in Ciudad Juarez September 18, 2010. Santiago, a 21-year-old news photographer working with Juarez-based newspaper El Diario, was killed after an attack by gunmen.
Friends, colleagues and family members embrace while mourning the death of Luis Carlos Santiago during his funeral in Ciudad Juarez September 18, 2010. Santiago, a 21-year-old news photographer working with Juarez-based newspaper El Diario, was killed after an attack by gunmen. Photo:Reuters
Inmates apply makeup and get dressed at the Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez March 8, 2010.
Inmates apply makeup and get dressed at the Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez March 8, 2010. Photo:Reuters
A migrant tries to cross into the U.S. from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, under the bridge that connects the border city with El Paso March 6, 2006.
A migrant tries to cross into the U.S. from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, under the bridge that connects the border city with El Paso March 6, 2006. Photo:Reuters
Luz Elena Munoz holds a photograph of her daughter Nancy Ivette Navarro Munoz while sitting next to the dress of Nancy
Luz Elena Munoz holds a photograph of her daughter Nancy Ivette Navarro Munoz while sitting next to the dress of Nancy's 15th birthday celebration, in Ciudad Juarez June 3, 2014. Nancy was 18 years old when she disappeared in July 2011 while looking for work in downtown Ciudad Juarez. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator throws a stone towards the U.S. border fence, during a protest at a section of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez June 12, 2010. The protest was against a June 7, 2010 incident, when a U.S. border patrol agent shot dead a teenage boy near the border after a group of migrants threw rocks at U.S. officials.
A demonstrator throws a stone towards the U.S. border fence, during a protest at a section of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez June 12, 2010. The protest was against a June 7, 2010 incident, when a U.S. border patrol agent shot dead a teenage boy near the border after a group of migrants threw rocks at U.S. officials. Photo:Reuters
A federal policeman stands guard during an operation at a nightclub in downtown Ciudad Juarez March 7, 2009.
A federal policeman stands guard during an operation at a nightclub in downtown Ciudad Juarez March 7, 2009. Photo:Reuters
Two women hug as forensic workers inspect a crime scene in the border city of Ciudad Juarez July 30, 2009. Local government deputy Claudia Lorena Perez Marrufo and her companion were fatally injured after a drive-by shooting incident.
Two women hug as forensic workers inspect a crime scene in the border city of Ciudad Juarez July 30, 2009. Local government deputy Claudia Lorena Perez Marrufo and her companion were fatally injured after a drive-by shooting incident. Photo:Reuters
A stuffed bear lies over a child
A stuffed bear lies over a child's grave at the children's section of the San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez July 17, 2011. Photo:Reuters
Rapper Pok 27 performs live in a home studio in Ciudad Juarez April 18, 2011. Young Mexican rappers are using Internet radio to vent their anger at the shocking killings sparked by the drug war, winning fans in cities from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires but also facing death threats from gunmen.
Rapper Pok 27 performs live in a home studio in Ciudad Juarez April 18, 2011. Young Mexican rappers are using Internet radio to vent their anger at the shocking killings sparked by the drug war, winning fans in cities from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires but also facing death threats from gunmen. Photo:Reuters
A resident stands next to bloodstains of a man who was gunned down by unknown assailants in the border city of Ciudad Juarez March 3, 2009.
A resident stands next to bloodstains of a man who was gunned down by unknown assailants in the border city of Ciudad Juarez March 3, 2009. Photo:Reuters
A woman with her face painted as the popular Mexican figure "Catrina" poses for a photograph during Day of the Dead celebrations in Ciudad Juarez November 2, 2015.
A woman with her face painted as the popular Mexican figure "Catrina" poses for a photograph during Day of the Dead celebrations in Ciudad Juarez November 2, 2015. Photo:Reuters
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