Saturday, December 15, 2012

Brazil: Three of Every 1,000 Youths, Ages 12-18, Die From Homicide

According to the news service, EFE, a Rio de Janeiro State University report reveals that homicide is the leading cause of death among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 in Brazil. 

The report, based upon national crime statistics, is alarming and suggests a disturbing trend.

Based upon current trends, 36,735 Brazilians between the ages of 12 and 18 will be slain over the next three years.

COMMENT: As in all countries, the reliability of crime statistics is highly dependent on what % of crime is actually reported.  

In 2009, the index of murders of adolescents was 2.61 for every 1,000 teenagers. In 2010, it was 2.98.

The study examined homicides in 283 Brazilian cities with a population greater than 100,000.

Poverty no doubt plays a contributing factor in homicide in all nations. For example, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil's wealthiest, the teen murder rate is only 0.94 per 1,000 teens, whereas in the poorest state, Alagoas, in eastern Brazil, there are nine homicides for every 1,000 adolescents.

As a matter of interest, Alagoas, covers a geographical area larger than the country of Haiti.