Guatemalan society is accustomed to violence. With one of the highest violent crime rates in Central America, the possibility of being a victim is not unlikely. This fact can be attributed to multiple reasons. The thirty year civil war was a major factor, and had a devastating effect on the social fabric of communities. The prolonged conflict destroyed the social structure and accustomed generations to violence. The end of the war in the mid-nineties brought to a close much of the violence in Guatemala.

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