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Americas In El Salvador, a rare murder-free town asks: What's secret of our success?

A handful of small towns near the Honduran border had no murders last year, a huge feat in one of the world's most dangerous countries. But as gang violence creeps closer, residents race to find ways to keep the peace.

Jose Cabezas/Reuters/File

The childlike mural in this quiet town square is a colorful display of the dark violence that wrecked El Salvador during its 12-year civil war. The painted map highlights each place where a massacre occurred between 1980 and 1992, and only one or two provinces are noted as conflict-free.

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