Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Deadly Statistics: One in Four Assassinations in Mexico are Consumated in Juarez

The Center for National Security Research (CISEN) released statistics on Monday that have been making the rounds in the news media. According to their count since President Felipe Calderon took office on December 1, 2006, until July 31, 2010, 28,000 assassinations (exactly? Give or take a few? I'm not sure) in all of Mexico have been attributed to organized crime. Of these 6416 (23% of the total) have taken place in Cd. Juarez. So almost one in four murders attributed to organized crime throughout Mexico occur in Juarez, which is home to just over one Mexican out of every hundred. Another way of putting this is that your chances of being killed by an act attributed to organized crime in Juarez is about 20 time higher than it would be if homicides were randomly distributed throughout Mexico.

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