According to Spero News, over 10,000 people participated in a Peace Walk in Central Guatemala city on January 10 to stand against the the increase of murder, rape, abductions, drug addiction and drug-related violence.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“The year 2008 ended with a regrettable memory for our country of a tragic blood bath. With no exaggeration, it was one of the most violent in recent history. Thousands of homes lost a loved one: 6292 murders. People savagely murdered and covered with sheets on the street, for children to see became habitual.” The crime rate in Guatemala saw a considerable increase in 2008, with a rise in kidnappings, homicides, and massacres linked to illegal drug trade. The reported number of kidnappings doubled last year. Victims include drivers, families, and businessmen, some of whom were killed upon refusing to hand over money.“
Please pray for peace in Guatemala City.
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