The small, gang-plagued nation of El Salvador passed its first day without a recorder murder since 2009. In the capital; a pronouncement and some somber celebration marked the occasion
"After years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country" said El Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes.
MSNBC's World News reports that the Central American country has been trying to free itself from the shadow of gang violence. Rivalries over territory, the trade of illicit materials and substances, and infighting have led to frightening rates of violent crime in El Salvador. According to the United Nations records El Salvador's rate of homicide per 100,000 people has ranged from 50 to as high as 66. Hong Kong, Egypt, and Germany, by comparison, all have rates of less than one per 100,000.
Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18, two of the most notorious gangs in El Salvador; were part of a quickly-escalating feud that thought to be a large part of the reason for the horrifying amount of murder in recent years. The two gangs were among the first to uphold a truce called last month among gang leaders.