A drug war has turned Ciudad Juárez into a bloodbath.
Juarez, a city of 1.3 million hugging the border with El Paso, Tex., may now be the most dangerous place in the world — riskier even than Baghdad or Kandahar. This isn’t the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, or Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince, pockets of danger in a larger whole. In Juárez, it’s everywhere. Here, death is like a Whac-A-Mole game, constantly rearing its head.
At the scene of yet another killing in Juarez. This time, a man, 31-year-old Israel Valle Jose Triana, believed to have been kidnapped, was shot in the head and dumped on the road opposite a used car lot. There have been nearly 800 killings so far this year, 2600 in 2009. By contrast, Toronto had 62. (Andrew Chung/Toronto Star)
Maricrus Camargo, 37, stands in front of her house on Villa del Portal St. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On Jan. 30, a vicious, unprovoked attack by drug gangs claimed her son Jose Luis along with 15 others, mostly teens, who were celebrating a birthday in a house just down the street. (Andrew Chung/Toronto Star)
A working-class neighborhood is seen on March 23, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. The border city of Juarez, Mexico has been racked by violent drug-related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world in which to live. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever-lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. (Spencer Platt/Getty Inages)
A soldier watches TV at a former warehouse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where troops are staying in tents. The government sent 5,000 troops and 1,900 federal police officers after appeals for help, adding to the 2,500 soldiers and police already there. (Don Barletti/Los Angeles Times)
Pall bearers lower the coffin of police woman Ana Gustina Nevares Soto at the San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez April 26, 2010. Suspected cartel gunmen shot and killed six police officers and a 17-year-old civilian in a street ambush on April 23 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's most violent city, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas.REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas
Alleged gunmen Santiago Espinoza (L) aka " El Chago" and Ricardo Salcido (R) aka " El Bimbo" are presented by members of the Mexican Army on March 31, 2010 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico. Espinoza and Salcido are accused of being part of the group of gunmen that attacked a house in Salvarcar neighborhood on past January 31 early morning, leaving 14 youngsters killed and some others injured. AFP PHOTO/Jesus Alcazar
A police helicopter overflies Ciudad Juarez on patrol, on April 8, 2010. Some 5,000 federal police took over control of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday from thousands of soldiers who have failed to stem brutal gang killings in Mexico's most violent city. Up to 8,000 soldiers have been policing the border city since March 2008 under a controversial military crackdown on organized crime. Violent deaths have continued almost daily however, with more than 2,600 recorded in 2009 alone, and thousands of residents have fled the border city across from El Paso, Texas. AFP PHOTO/Jesus Alcazar