Honduras And Murder – No Longer #1

gun (1)Honduras was the most murderous country in the world in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Every year we have lived in Honduras it has had more murders per capita than any other country on the plant. Honduras holds that distinction no longer. Our neighbor to the south-west, El Salvador, was the most murderous country in the world in 2015. For the first time since 2007 Honduras is not the most dangerous place to live. Honduras is still in the top-5, but no longer #1.

policeIn the last two years the government has gotten serious about aggressively combatting the gangs who are responsible for most of the murders. Well trained, heavily armored, masked military and police forces are regularly seen on the streets and are agressivly persuing the well armed gang members. Prosecutions and incarcerations have also increased. Honduras is still violent, but things are improving.

Here are the murder rates for Honduras, every year since we arrived in June of 2008:

2008 – 60.8/100,000
2009 – 77/100,000
2010 – 82.1/100,000
2011 – 86.5/100,000
2012 – 85.5/100,000
2013 – 79/100,000
2014 – 66/100,000

Here are a few other murder rates to compare to Honduras to get a better understanding:

USA – 5/100,000
Japan – 0.35/100,000
Atlanta – 19/100,000
Los Angeles – 8/100,000
New York – 5/100,000

High unemployment and drug trafficking have contributed to murder rates in Honduras. Poverty, gangs, and low arrest and conviction rates of criminals also impact the overall crime rate. Please continue to pray for the people and the country.

One thought on “Honduras And Murder – No Longer #1”

  1. Thanks for sharing these statistics, Mike. I always like to know what goes on beyond our borders. There’s so much crime and suffering. I pray for all.

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