Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Murder Rates Compared

There's nothing like starting the new year with a post that reinforces the reason why this blog exists. First and foremost, to broadcast South Africa's horrific crime rate, secondly to attempt to explain to outsiders why the country has deteriorated to this point and thirdly, to dispel the myth of a "rainbow nation" at the southern tip of Africa where the races live in harmony.

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Homicide rates highest in southern Africa, Central and South America – United Nations
30 December 2008 – Southern Africa, Central America and South America are the three areas of the world with the highest homicide rates, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has just published the first comprehensive set of global statistics on such violence.

The Times published an article that mentioned the high murder rate in South Africa in the context of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup. The Times quoted the absolute number of homicides in South Africa last year as "18,487".

To help put this figure into context, a page on Wikipedia compiles the homicide rate for several countries per 100 000 people. That changed the South African number to 38.6 per 100 000. Now you can compare the rate to the rates in several countries.

This chart gives much greater context for understanding how incredibly high the murder rate in South Africa really is. Now you understand why we do what we do.

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