The modern world is everything but a safe place. This sad but indisputable fact has been proven by several other lists we have already published. 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. The rates are based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year. If you want to know the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in recent years, check out this post.
With a total area of almost 2 million square kilometers (over 760,000 square miles) the fifth largest country in the Americas by area, Mexico is notorious for its enormous problems with drug trafficking and related criminality that very often also involves homicides. These – sometimes very brutal – murders are often used to intimidate rival gangs.
Saint Lucia, 21.6
With a population of about 175,000 people, Saint Lucia is another little Caribbean country that is, apart from amazing natural beauties and marvelous beaches, known for very high homicide rate. And, sadly enough, the number has been still growing. While in 2007, there were “only” 27 murders reported in the country, just four years later, it was almost twice as many.
Dominican Republic, 22.1
The second largest Caribbean country, the Dominican Republic, is home to almost 10 million people that often have to fear for their safety. The murders in this country are frequently associated with drug trade since the Dominican Republic serves as a transit station for Colombian drugs destined to Europe and the U.S. The country has been also criticized for its mild approach to the convicted criminals.
Located in Central and East Africa, Rwanda has experienced one of the most hideous and atrocious genocide in human history and, unfortunately, killing people still seems to be a sorrowfully common thing in this country. But high number of homicides is not the only problem Rwanda has been struggling with – other types of violent crimes such as rape or robbery are also common.
With a population of over 200 million, Brazil is one of the largest and most populous countries in the list as well in the world. But the huge number of inhabitants brings about a dramatic amount of murders – just in 2012 alone, almost 65,000 people were killed in the country. It is believed that drug trade and alcoholism are among the major causes of the high homicide occurrence.