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FEATURE: In El Salvador, from breaking heads to baking bread

OPPORTUNITIES:The truce between two gangs has cut El Salvador’s homicide rate from 14 to 5 murders a day, as members put violence behind them and rejoin society

AFP, ILOPANGO, El Salvador

From dawn on Tuesday, the bakery was bustling as the men prepared bread that they would offer to the population during an event in which the gang members and officials were to declare the town “free of violence.”

Oscar Rivera, a veteran baker who was training the gang members, said the bakery “shows that if you give young people job opportunities, they can abandon the street.”

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