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Where Murder Rates Soar

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported in early October that young men are most at risk of becoming victims of homicide in the Caribbean-Central American region and central and southern Africa. Women in those regions are at high risk of death in domestic violence.

The murder rates are highest in the Caribbean-Central American region and in southern Africa. Here, a victim in Guinea. JOE PENNEY

The agency’s Global Study on Homicide puts the blame on guns, saying that in these two areas of the world “almost three quarters of all homicides are committed with guns, compared to 21 percent in Europe.” Men in these same regions are more than four times as likely as women to be murdered.

Globally, the study says that 468,000 homicides occurred last year. “Some 36 percent of all
homicides take place in Africa, 31 percent in the Americas, 27 percent in
Asia, 5 percent in Europe, and 1 percent in Oceania,” it said. Central America and the Caribbean is the only region where homicides are steadily increasing, fed by gun crime, the agency says.
www.unodc.org

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