Writer Billy Briggs and I were in Guatemala to document the escalating violence and human rights abuses in one of the most violent nations in the world. There are more killings per day than there were during the dark days of a civil war that ended in 1996. The killing of women, the execution of selected individuals by elements within the police and military, gang and crime-related killings, 'social cleansing' by vigilante groups, and other acts of random violence have created a widespread sense of insecurity. Guatemala is a nation living in fear.