BY DANIEL WISER
Latin America is now the world’s most violent region but is receiving less U.S. military and financial assistance, according to a recent report and other figures.
Latin America surpassed Africa as the region with the most murders per 100,000 people, according to the new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Several countries in the Western Hemisphere had murder rates that eclipsed 25 per 100,000 people in 2012, compared to the global average of about six.
The report said 30 percent of the homicides in the Americas could be attributed to a proliferation of organized crime and gang-related violence.
For example, Honduras had one of the world’s highest murder rates with 90.4 per 100,000 people. Mexican drug cartels and transnational criminal groups such as the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street gangs have infiltrated the country in recent years.