Honduras Is Still the Murder Capital of The World

Covered-up body of man killed in shoot-out between members of Mara 18 street gang and police and military during anti-drug operation lies in house entrance in San Pedro Sula

Honduras has the most murders per capita of any country, but it was a slightly less deadly place to be in 2013. As reported by Reuters, the homicide rate in the Central American country with a population of about 8 million dropped 6.5 percentage points last year. An average of 19 people were murdered per day last year, versus 20 per day in 2012, according to a United Nations-sponsored report.

Due to the influx of Mexican drug cartels that funnel U.S.-bound drugs through the country violence has been on the rise in recent years, reports. The report also indicates that there has been an increase in “atrocious crimes” like decapitation can be linked to the cartels, which have been known to commit the acts against rival gangs.

[Reuters]