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).
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.