In this April 26, 2010 file photo, relatives of municipal policewoman Anagustina Nevarez Soto grieve over her coffin during a ceremony at the police station in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico. Nevarez Soto was killed during an ambush against federal and local police.
In order to relay just how dangerous this border city in Mexico is, we feel we ought to give you some perspective. By the end of 2010, the death toll in this northern city of 1.3 million reached a macabre milestone of 3,111 - 10 times the figure recorded in 2007. The death toll in Canada's largest city, Toronto, population 2.5 million, was 60 for all of 2010. The bloodbath here is all drug-related, with cartels fighting each other in vicious turf wars for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes to the U.S. Masked gunmen are shooting indiscriminately at teenagers, killing enemies in front of their families and children, and decapitating their victims en masse. It's no wonder the city has become known as the murder capital of the world. Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential travel to the border areas between Mexico and the U.S.