Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Rebuilding Year

Some tough news today for US interests in the region: despite our best efforts to arm and finance Mexico's murderous drug cartels, Ciudad Juárez has fallen short in its bid for a fourth consecutive World's Most Violent City title.  Instead, the crown goes to San Pedro Sula in Honduras - which we have to confess we've never heard of, but plan to spend the rest of our lives avoiding.  1,143 San Pedro Sulans were slaughtered last year, a rate of 159 per 100,000.

Mexico did manage to place five cities in the top ten: Juárez, Acapulco, Torreón, Chihuahua and Durango.  But only 12 in the top 50 - second to Brazil, which is home to 14 of the world's most violent cities and therefore, of course, hosting the 2016 Olympics.  

Here's to 2013, amigos!

3 comments:

Ryan said...

Don't forget Brazil is also hosting the 2014 World Cup

linda said...

I've been to San Pedro Sula. Spent 2 weeks there, with Habitat for Humanity. Don't ride the bus there. (It's a way to get your brains blown out.) On the plus side, there's a man with a big gun outside just about any business that has any money whatsoever: banks/ATMs, Western Union, convenience stores... They make you feel safe, in a "beats the alternative" sort of way.

Mexfiles said...

That was true even 25 years ago, when I worked with a coffee broker. Back then, though, it was primarily known for having the highest HIV rate in the world.