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In Juárez, Attempts at Rebirth, Despite Deadliest Year
An immaculately refurbished park spreads two blocks in Juárez. A symbol of stability -- a sign that the Mexican government hopes to take back its city in the face of a bloody drug war. But is it working?
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A Hope

Todos Somos Juárez is the name of the Mexican federal government's unprecedented 3.3-billion-peso ($268 million) program to increase education, jobs and safety in the violence-plagued border city, considered one of the world's most dangerous. The Mexican government studied similar programs in Colombia and in Italy. They say their plan will work but that it will take time. But for many in Ciudad Juárez, that commodity has run out.

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Won't Stand For It Anymore

A doctor gives an interview to a television crew at the end of a protest against violence and lack of security at the entrance to the state attorney general's office in Ciudad Juárez. The medical community has staged work stoppages and protests and presented top state government officials with a list of eight demands.

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Heartbreak

The widow of municipal police officer Andres Gutierrez grieves during his wake at a funeral parlor in Ciudad Juárez. Gutiérrez and three other officers were ambushed and killed by unknown gunmen on Dec. 4.

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Out of Control?

Ciudad Juárez has experienced its most violent year, topping 3,000 murders by mid-December.

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A Father Mourns His Son

The father of slain municipal police officer, Andres Gutiérrez, holds a wreath during a ceremony to honor his son and other fallen officers at the police station in Ciudad Juárez.

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Brazen

Mexican federal police on December 6th after an armed commando tried unsuccessfully to free inmates being transferred from the court back to prison in Ciudad Juárez.

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Violence

A crime scene specialist prepares to cordon off an area where a man was found shot inside his vehicle at a car wash in Ciudad Juárez.

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Warfare

Police officers on train tracks near the site of a vehicle that was abandoned by men suspected of having shot and killed two police officers in Ciudad Juárez.

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In Honor Of Lives Lost

A police officer holds a Mexican flag to be given to relatives of slain fellow officers during a ceremony to honor police killed in the line of duty at the police station in Ciudad Juárez.

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Fighting Back

A crime scene in a heavily guarded commercial zone. In this area once famous for its bars and nightclubs, new patrols by federal police have cut extortion and assaults on business owners to nearly zero but of 120 businesses there, 88 have closed in the last two years. Sign reads, "In this zone the only dues we pay are the property taxes."

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In Juárez, Attempts at Rebirth, Despite Deadliest Year

An immaculately refurbished park spreads two blocks in Juárez. A symbol of stability -- a sign that the Mexican government hopes to take back its city in the face of a bloody drug war. But is it working?

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