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The city that’s one of the most dangerous in the world – with over 400 murders in 2023 | World | News

The city that’s one of the most dangerous in the world – with over 400 murders in 2023 | World | News

A city in South America is one of the most dangerous cities in the world after becoming a hub for drug shipments and a battleground for gangs. In 2023, over 400 people were murdered in Durán, Ecuador, making it one of the most violent cities on Earth. The root of the tragedy is the drug trade – the trafficking of South American cocaine to Europe in crates of bananas, pineapples and shrimp. Durán sits next to Ecuador’s most important port city, Guayaquil, and acts as a staging point for drug shipments over which gangs fight for control. Even the city’s mayor, Luis Chonillo, isn’t safe. On his way to be sworn in last May, his convoy came under attack, resulting in two police bodyguards and a bystander being killed. Because of the attacks and ongoing threats, the mayor is yet to occupy his office in City Hall, instead moving from place to place. “I call myself a nomad mayor,” he told the Guardian. “I never spend more than two nights in the same place. I …