Guatemala is a colorful nation with warm and kind people around every corner. Unfortunately for many of them, violence is routine. Guatemala experienced a brutal civil war which lasted for three decades. In 2017, 1705 murders were committed in Guatemala City. The previous year, the city averaged 101 homicides per week with the highest crime rate in Latin America. In comparison, fewer innocent civilians were killed during the U.S. invasion of Iraq, than in Guatemala City in 2016 according to 'The New Yorker.' Supposedly, all it takes to hire an assassin is $500 in Guatemala City.