Last weekend was bloody even by Ciudad Juarez standards. Gunmen killed 41 people in the Mexican city in the 4-day period beginning last Thursday, including 15 people killed in two attacks on bars, and a 10-year-old boy killed during an attack aimed at his father, CNN reports. By comparison, New Orleans—which has a population roughly the same size and the highest murder rate in the US—had 175 murders the whole of last year.
A local criminologist blames a lack of collaboration between the military, local police, and federal police for the endless slaughter, most of which is drug-related. "The police have practically done nothing in Juarez," he says. "On certain occasions they have made some arrests. The police are patrolling, but there is no real strategy to stop crime and violence in Juarez." The killers, he says, "are drugged and insensible people who have no obstacles in performing their jobs."