The Dallas Morning News | 9/23/2009 12:00:00 AM
In Ciudad Juárez, message from Colombian ex-mayor stirs hope
Sept 23--In this city of mayhem, they came to listen to Sergio Fajardo, clinging to hope.
Ciudad Juárez, now Mexico's murder capital, can do the same, he said.
"Juárez, too, can make the transition from fear to hope," said Fajardo, who touts his accomplishments in his bid for the presidency of Colombia. "It starts by closing the doors to organized crime, reducing violence and providing opportunities to those without hope."
Addressing a crowd of more than 1,500 people packing the Cibeles Center on Monday, Fajardo talked about reducing violence by creating opportunities and providing dignity to the poor by building parks, schools and arts centers. He talked about turning gritty, gang-infested neighborhoods into trendy avenues, with sidewalk coffee shops and libraries.
The Juárez crowd, listening intently, went wild, clapping and giving him a standing ovation.
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