Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Honduras Ends 2014 Amid Rising Crime Rate

A young child walks home in an area known for heavy drug dealing on July 18, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and its capital city, Tegucigalpa, is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness and sexual assaults. With an estimated 80% of the cocaine entering the United States now being trans-shipped through Honduras, the violence on the streets is a spillover from the ramped rise in narco-trafficking. The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders has set up a program in the capital that looks to provide medical and psychological care to the homeless population. Each day a team goes out into the streets to meet with vulnerable groups of homeless to assess their needs. Honduras: Facing an epidemic of urban violence | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
Honduras faced an epidemic of urban violence | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (Prensa Latina) The year 2014 comes to a violent end in Honduras, where every day 15 people die violently at the hands of organized crime despite police efforts to fight violence.

Although the media focuses these days on the Christmas celebrations, it cannot hide the reality in the going in world’s most violent country according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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According to the WHO, Honduras remains as the most deadly country in alleged peace conditions, recording 103.9 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants, exceeding more than 15 times the world rate of 6.7.

Figures provided by Casa Alianza, an institution that defends childhood and youth in the region, suggest that social inequality, along with the actions of drug cartels and impunity, are one of the main causes of the crime wave that has claimed the life of 947 people under 23 years from January to November.

Meanwhile, medical sources voiced concern about the great number of victims in Tegucigalpa’s University Hospital wards during Christmas holidays, reaching 46 cases while there were only 26 last year, La Tribuna journal reports. Victims present injuries ranging from gunpowder burns, alcohol intoxication, road accidents and machete cuts.

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