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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)

093 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)

094 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)

Empty graves are seen at the San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez April 28, 2010. 
REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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

People mourn the death of victims of a shoot-out in Ciudad Juarez April 28, 2010. Several of victims were university students, according to local media.  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

A Mexican television correspondent reports from the scene of a murder on March 23, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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Please bear in mind that Ciudad Juarez is at the north of Mexico and borders the US whose thirst for drugs has led to this problem. As a Canadian living in Mexico City for the last 7 yrs, I haven't seen any violence on the streets and actually feel quite safe considering that the city has 27 million habitants compared to Toronto or any other major city in Canada. VIVA MEXICO!!!!!

I am Canadian and have been living in SW Texas (near town of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico) and recently have noticed a change even in the small border towns. Used to go across the border frequently, and now I am a bit leery as killings are everywhere. About a year ago the chief of police was killed in Peidras Negras (across fromEagle Pass) and I never go to Laredo/Neuvo Laredo anymore..it is getting as bad as El Paso/Juarez. You just have to be very careful...and think about travel. It is not just the US thirst for drugs but the world thirst for drugs that drive the cartels.

Solution: do not use drugs..as simple as that.
Want to keep using drugs? then do not be surprised !!

It is unfortunate that the violence in Ciudad Juarez is painting Mexico to be a horrible place.
As the previous writer indicated , it is the drug wars that fuel this violence. If the US and Canada were not consuming so much illegal drugs, would there be a problem of this magnitude?
I am a retired Canadian, and have lived in the Puerto Vallarta area for almost seven years.I have never had a problem here.Other Canadians who choose to be involved in the world of drugs have ended up in prison or dead.

We all make decisions that affect our lives in one way or another. I do not travel at night, stay out late in bars, and I drink very little.I have a happy carefree life here and I do travel all the time, but not at night.
This is a wonderful country, warm and gracious people, and many Canadians choose to spend their winters here.We can only hope that things will get better.

I am an white male American that has lived in juarez from 2001-2006 on and off and actually to me it was a law abiding town for the most part. I just can't believe how things have gone on in the last three years. I have some very close friends there and pray for them all the time. I just hope things soon get back to a better state like they were before because I was a nice warm and sunny place to visit. God Bless Ciudad Juarez!

It is very sad to see these kind of pictures in this great country. So sad that people started to migrate to other countries just to avoid this kind of incident. The government should use all its resources to stop this war internally. Even as young as 10 years old already used by the cartel to kill people from rival group. I just wish that Mexico will be known for it wonderful place and tourism not with drugs and violence.

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