Mexico: Ciudad Juarez: Mapping the Violence / Steven Dudley

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting — asking who won, and what is next for the Mexican border city.

Juarez has always been a volatile place. It is a border city that draws huge numbers of migrants seeking work, and engenders large discrepancies between its wealthiest and poorest residents — all factors associated with violence.

However, mapping this phenomenon does not necessarily yield the expected results. A recent study (pdf) by two prominent social scientists funded by the HASOW initiative at PUC-Rio noted that violence in Juarez in 2009-2010 was concentrated in certain sectors of the city, as expected, but did not always follow the expected pattern in terms of the socio-economic status of the victims. SEE MORE…

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