A new report by the Igarapé Institute, a Brazil-based think tank focused on security and development issues says that “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking.”
The publication, released on Thursday, paints a bleak portrait of what it calls the world’s most homicidal continent.
Latin America suffers 33% of the world’s homicides despite having only 8% of its population. One-quarter of all global homicides are concentrated in four countries – Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.
Of the 50 deadliest cities in the world in 2017, 42 were in Latin America, 25 in South America specifically. The breakdown is:
El Salvador 1
Puerto Rico 1
South Africa had 3 entries and Jamaica had 1.
The US had 4: St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans and Detroit (I wonder what they have in common?)
This is based on murders per 100,000 and only includes cities with populations of 300,000+.