Latin America: the world’s most dangerous place?

A recent study conducted by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice found that 34 out of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world are located in South America.

One of the opening remarks on the study indicate that these are numbers based on official information, though it is important to highlight the fact that “Venezuelan authorities hide the numbers and Mexican authorities falsify them”. So one must take this information with a pinch of salt.

According to Business Insider, “one-third of global homicides occur in Latin America even though the region has just 8% of the world’s population.”

The list shows that 34 out of the 50 are located in South America with San Pedro Sula, Honduras taking the first spot with 187.14 murders per 100,000 residents. Caracas, Venezuela comes a close second (the city has a much higher population rate) with 134.36 murders per 100,000 residents.

Other countries such as the U.S and South Africa can be seen lower in the list with Cape Town and Detroit taking the 20th and 24th spots respectively.


Images: Diariocritico de Venezuela

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