Comuna 13: from the worst street crimes to the best street art

During the past three decades, Medellin, the second biggest city of Colombia, greatly suffered from violence, especially in its surrounding Barrios. Comuna 13, located along the west hills of the city, is one of those Barrios. What the Barrio has been through For many years, Comuna 13 was considered the most dangerous Barrio of South America, plagued by a history of crimes by the hands of guerrillas, paramilitary groups, drug cartels and local gangs. It was Pablo Escobar’s favourite area to employ young Sicarios (hitmen) to work for his cartel. Over the years, the homicide rate kept increasing and it reached its peak on the 16th of October 2002, when the Colombian army, police, air force and

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