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A look at how police patrol, and people live in, a country torn apart by gang wars
The Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, two criminal organization born in U.S. prisons, have helped turn neighborhoods like Chamelecon in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, into war zones that are among the most dangerous in the world for police to patrol.
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Police captain Carlos Espinosa leads a patrol through Chamelecon. “We are in Maras [gang] territory … an area that’s a hotspot,” he said. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Jennifer Garcia lives on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras's most violent major city. She plans to bring her young daughter with her when she travels north to try to cross to Texas where her husband and other son now live. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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An officer drives a patrol truck through the gang-controlled neighborhood of Chamelecon in San Pedro Sula. (Photos: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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A young officer on patrol in Comayagua, Honduras. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Merci, a 15-year-old who wants to be a lawyer, sits with her grandmother in the apartment they share in the city of Comayagua. Merci's grandfather was killed by gang members. Her mother fled to Boston. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Merci climbs a tree behind the house in the mountains of Comayagua where she lives with her grandmother during the weekend. Her grandfather was shot and killed by gang-members on the adjacent hill. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Merci's neighbor Wilmer returned to Honduras after living in the U.S. He listens to Jay-Z but plans to stay in Honduras to run his coffee business. He stands in front of his coffee bean processing machine in the mountains of Comayagua. Wilmer's son and a worker were both attacked by gang members a few months earlier at this site. (Photos: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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A young soldier stands in front of a Humvee in the hills outside of Comayagua. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Wilmer Jr, was shot six times, after his father refused to pay gang members extortion payments. Standing inside of his living room he points to his bullet scars. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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Visiting a tiny police station an hour's drive along bumpy mountain roads away from her weekend house Merci picks up a police officer's machine gun. Her cousin Steven (right) was born in the U.S. and is a U.S. citizen. His mom wants to take him back to the U.S. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

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A planeload of deported migrants arrive in San Pedro Sula from the U.S. (Photo: Nathaniel Parish Flannery/Fox News Latino)

A look at how police patrol, and people live in, a country torn apart by gang wars

The Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, two criminal organization born in U.S. prisons, have helped turn neighborhoods like Chamelecon in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, into war zones that are among the most dangerous in the world for police to patrol.

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