Sunday, December 30, 2012

Venezuela Is Now More Dangerous Than Afghanistan

Venezuela Murder Rate Soars -- The Telegraph

Venezuela, the most violent country in South America, recorded a new high of 21,692 murders this year along with a surge in kidnappings, prison riots and random shootings.

The number of victims was up by 12 per cent from last year when there were 19,336 deaths, the Venezuelan Violence Observatory said in its annual report.

High profile killings included that of a three year-old child, Edgar Torres, who was fired on 10 times while he was asleep in bed, after a gunman had come in to kill a teenage relative.

In August more than 20 people were killed in a battle between two heavily armed groups inside the Yare I prison. More than 300 prisoners died in Venezuelan jails in the first half of the year.

The Mexican ambassador Carlos Pujalte and his wife were seized from their car in a wealthy area of Caracas and held for several hours before being released alive in a slum in January.

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My Comment:
Some of these stats are "eye-opening" ....

.... There are more murders in Venezuela than in the United States and the 27 countries of the European Union combined. In Caracas the murder rate is more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Here is another 'eye-opening' stat .... total NATO casualties in over 11 years of war in Afghanistan is  3,245.  Coalition casualties in operation Iraqi Freedom were 4,804.

Hat Tip:
Prairie Pundit

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