Students read their books at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua on November 14, 2012.
A number of Central American countries have been besieged by violent crime. Honduras, for example, now has the highest murder rate in the world, with 82 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Guatemala and El Salvador are not far behind.
But just to the south, in Nicaragua, it's a different story.
Here to explain why is Roberto Cajina, security analyst at the Inter American Dialogue.