In 2008, El Salvador had the second-highest homicide rate in the world. Only Iraq, a war zone, had a higher rate.
From December 2006 to December 2008, Ethan James worked as a photographer for the daily newspaper El Mundo in the capital city, San Salvador.
Along with other aspects of Salvadoran life, he photographed hundreds of gang members and gang crime victims, which amounted to a small fraction of the more than 7,600 people murdered during his time there.
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