[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he modern world is everything but a safe place. There are many various statistics evaluating the safety in different parts of the world published every year and possibly the most alarming and disturbing one is the international homicide rate statistics made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
If you want to know the top 10 countries with the highest murder rates in recent years, check out the list:
10-South Africa, 31
Despite its nicely-sounding nickname “The Rainbow Nation”, South Africa, home to about 54 million people, has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes. Statistics published by local police suggest that in South Africa, around 50 people are murdered every day, which is really alarming number. Fortunately, the homicide rate has slowly decreasing tendency, at least.
9-Saint Kitts and Nevis, 33.6
Located in the West Indies, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. But even among those 50,000 people who live in this tiny country, there is a significant number of those who obviously don’t mind killing others. With an average rate of 33.6 homicides per 100,000 people, Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked 9th.
Mostly surrounded by South Africa, Swaziland, with its population of just over 1 million, is one of the smallest countries in Africa. But the numbers related to the homicide occurrence are far from being small in Swaziland. Decimated by not only enormous criminality but also extreme poverty and diseases such as AIDS or tuberculosis, the estimated average life expectancy of local people is just 50 years.
Lesotho is another little African country situated within South Africa. Apart from location and size, it shares one more thing with Swaziland – an uncontrollable homicide rate. Almost half of the country´s population lives below the poverty line which is partly responsible for its enormous criminality and annual murder rate.
Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world´s highest homicide rates and the latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed that. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital.
With a population of almost 16 million, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. With an average of about 100 murders committed every month, Guatemala has ranked as the country with the 5th highest homicide rate in the world. In the 1990s, for example, the city of Escuintla had an annual rate of 165 murders per 100,000 people.
4-El Salvador, 41.2
Deeply affected by the long-term and devastating civil war (1979 – 1992), El Salvador is a Central American country and a home to about 6.3 million people. The extremely high homicide rate in this country is marked by significant occurrence gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency.
With an area of 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 sq mi) and a population of about 340,000 people, Belize is the least densely populated country in Central America. But despite its amazing natural beauties and wildlife, this country is far from being a good place to live. Enormous homicide rate of almost 45 murders per 100,000 people makes Belize one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras, home to about 8.25 million people, has by far the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. Its unparalleled average rate of 90.4 murders per 100,000 people means that in this country, almost every 1,000th person is killed. Since Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.