Gang violence is one of the biggest issues in El Salvador today. It is estimated to claim 13 lives everyday. El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. The United States has poured hundreds of millions into anti-gang efforts in Central America but nothing much seemed to change until just a few months ago, when the Catholic Church stepped in to broker a truce between the two gangs in El Salvador. But the culture of violence there remains.This kind of story is common in El Salvador where, every year thousands of children are kidnapped and recruited into gangs. But recently the Catholic Church intervened. In March, the church made a truce between two of the country’s most violent gangs, and the results have been dramatic. Homicide rates have dropped by 50 percent. This is good news but its only the first step.