Honduras City Now World's Most Violent
San Pedro Sula becomes murder capital
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2012 2:51 AM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2012 4:33 AM CDT
Inmates gather outside their cells in San Pedro Sula Central Corrections Facility in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.    (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(Newser) – A surge in drug-related violence has made San Pedro Sula in Honduras the murder capital of the world. Some 1,143 of its 719,447 residents were murdered in 2011, giving it a murder rate of 159 people per 100,000 citizens—even higher than Mexico's Ciudad Juarez, which is now rated the second most violent city in the world after three years of ranking highest, the New York Daily News reports. The murder rate in Honduras as a whole is the highest in the world and is around 20 times that of the US.

According to statistics compiled by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, a Mexican think-tank, 40 of the world's most dangerous cities are in Latin America, with 14 in Brazil and 12 in Mexico. Outside the region, New Orleans has the highest murder rate, coming 21st on the list with a murder rate of 57.88 per 100,000. The other American cities on the list are Detroit, St. Louis, and Baltimore, which were ranked 30th, 43rd, and 48th.

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thezenhaitian
Oct 11, 2012 8:24 PM CDT
So Honduras is a mess, Mexico is a murder capital, Brazil has the most crackheads... again, why are the world's armies occupying Haiti? Of course, the newspaper of record has a convenient "expose" after the fact that the U.S. supported a coup in Honduras against the democratically elected government: In Honduras, a Mess Helped by the U.S. - NYTimes.com Deja vue all over again: Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos - New York Times
JoeQ
Oct 11, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
Don't paint whole countries based on the worst town. The biggest city in Honduras, Tegucigalpa, is a popular destination for medical tourism. The islands off the coast attract a lot of Europeans. My take-away is to avoid areas that see a lot of heavy illegal-drug-related commerce, and that includes some places in the USA.
Observer
Oct 11, 2012 10:38 AM CDT
Great news. And Honduras is the Pentagon's sock puppet that we have been sodomizing for decades. What is the DoD and DEA doing in that pathetic cesspool? How about some spotlights on the Army's role in this violent dump?