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!


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.