Why the World's Murder Capital Is So Messed Up
Drug trafficking, geography make Honduras the most dangerous country on Earth
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
The body of Justiniano Lara, 51, lies dead on the adjacent area of a road in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, March, 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

(Newser) – Honduras has officially taken the crown as the world's most violence-riddled country, with an average of 20 people killed a day in a country the size of Tennessee, reports NPR, which took a trip there to get a look at what's causing all this killing. As in many other places in Latin America, much of the problem has to do with drug gangs, which have so thoroughly infiltrated law enforcement that even the country's police chief has been linked to extrajudicial killings.

The gangs are so fearless that on the day NPR visited, two major gangs held public press conferences—though on the bright side, they were announcing a cease-fire. Part of the reason it's so bad is that Honduras' undeveloped coastline makes it ideal for drug traffickers; 92% of cocaine flights to the US pass through Honduras. The other major problem is a government that's poor, weak, and riddled with corruption; it's unable to provide even basic services, and only 2% of criminal cases end in conviction.

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Jun 17, 2013 8:43 PM CDT
Damn, I hope they don't shoot down the place carrying my stuff.
Jun 17, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
If 92% of all cocaine flights are dispatched through Honduras, it should be easy to track those flights and interdict or shoot-down those flights if evasion of interdiction happens. If these flights are "getting away with it" it HAS to be because our country's government wants it to happen. I do not know how many people who read Newser are aware that SOMEBODY has shot down a half-dozen Blackwater executive jets over Mexico, all headed toward our USA and fully loaded with cocaine and marijuana, all of which crashed but the Blackwater markings survived and one crew managed to crash-land without serious injury to themselves. It is clear that Mexico did not shoot those planes down so it must have been the drug cartels who detested competition from Blackwater. Perhaps bmoc's hero Oliver North set up the Blackwater operation for George H. W. Bush and has been in operation ever since... with CIA's blessing.
Jun 17, 2013 8:02 AM CDT
20 a day is a higher rate than any of the sectarian, ethnic, tribal and international conflicts on earth, or those are not crimes or not murders?