The latest edition of the most violent cities in the world index from the Mexican nongovernmental organization Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, ranking the world’s cities with populations over 300,000 people by their homicide rates, was released in January.
Caracas has never been far from the top of the list. It has been in the top 10 every year since 2008. In 2012, its 118.89 homicides per 100,000 people placed it at No. 3. Rates of 134.36 and 115.98 per 100,000 earned it No. 2 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Venezuela’s capital and largest city closed 2015 with a homicide rate of 119.87 per 100,000, and while the exact number of killings has been debated, the shocking level of violence the country has experienced is directly related to its social, economic, and political dysfunction.
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