[QODLink]
Americas
Guatemala out-gunned by drug gangs
Central American country now has one of the highest drug-related murder rates in the world.
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2012 18:03

Mexico's drug violence has found its way into neighbour Guatemala, which now has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

An average of 16 people are killed in violent crimes each day, with most of the killings related to the drug trade.

President Otto Perez Molina has only been in office since January, but the retired army general has promised to use force to reduce the violence.

To achieve this goal, however, the government has said it needs help from regional allies, and it wants the United States to lift a 30-year embargo on military aid.

Al Jazeera's Franc Contreras reports from Guatemala City.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
Al Jazeera asked people across Scotland what they think about the prospect of splitting from the United Kingdom.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
join our mailing list