Immersed in the drug war, and with an average of 50 murders a year per every 100,000 inhabitants, Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in the world.

Underfunded public hospitals have no choice but to devote a substantial portion of their limited resources to attend to gun- and knife-wound victims. As a result, emergency rooms are nearing collapse, operating rooms are insufficient, and basic supplies such as suturing thread and saline solutions are often in scarce supply.

Guatemala City, 2010.