Ecuador Was Calm and Peaceful—Now Hitmen, Kidnappers, and Robbers Walk the Streets

From an AP story by Regina Garcia Cano headlined “Ecuador was calm and peaceful. Now hitmen, kidnappers and robbers walk the streets.”:

Belen Diaz was walking home from college one evening when a motorcycle carrying two men made a menacing U-turn.

Terrified that she was about to be robbed for the eighth time in three years, the teaching student banged on a cab window until the driver drove her home. Diaz got away safe, but there was an unrelated fatal shooting the next day outside her gated community of two-story homes on the edge of the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil.