Fr. Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J., the former vice rector of the UCA in El Salvador, gave a talk at the University of Scranton this afternoon. He brought attention to a variety of issues including the epidemic problem of violent crime in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
According to Cardenal, while El Salvador was the most violent country in Central America between 2000-2007, Honduras surpassed it in 2008. In 2008, Honduras had a murder rate of 58 per 100,000. El Salvador's murder rate was at 52 per 100,000. And, finally, Guatemala checked in with a rate of 48.
In many ways, the unexplained story remains how Nicaragua, a people and a country that suffered through two decades of civil war, has maintained a murder rate of less than 20 per 100,000.