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Everyone drop what you're doing and pay attention. El Salvador, a country rife with drug gangs and violence, saw its first murder-free day in almost three years on Saturday. No situation has ever called for a motherfucking Hoosiers slow clap like this one does.
Real recognize real. In a statement released Sunday, President Mauricio Funes said, "after years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country." This is especially good news for Funes, who took office in 2009 when the murder rate was 12 a day. During his time as leader, the number rose to 18 in early 2012. According to data compiled by the United Nations, El Salvador has a homicide rate of 66 per 100,000 people, reportedly one of the highest in the world.
Let's give it up for America people. Our latest homicide rate was reported at a mere 4.8 per 100,000; by Salvadorian standards we deserve a goddamn parade. Maybe a medal, but a parade would be much more suitable. Granted, we don't have Mexican drug cartels littered throughout our country, but we do have New Orleans, St. Louis, and Baltimore.
But really, good for El Salvador. Our world is full of too much violence, hate, and prejudice; we need more days like last Saturday. A time when everyone can relate to one another as human beings, not just people from different countries and backgrounds. Regardless of the our skin color, religion, gender, we are all members of the same species and need to treat each other better.
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