Brazil: Rio de Janeiro: ‘It’s a deep injustice that gun violence is tolerated’ /Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah is immersed in the statistics of violence, but faces the daily realities of living and working in one of the world’s most dangerous cities
Brazilian police patrolling a street at night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I live and work in a country where over 70% of reported homicides are a result of guns. In my neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, the murder rate is less than two per 100,000, which is well below the global average (pdf). Yet a favela around the corner from my apartment has a homicide rate that’s 10 to 20 times higher. So at night I hear the crack of gunfire echoing across the city; it’s disturbingly routine.

I’ve spent the last couple of years running an NGO trying to get people to think about ways to reduce gun crime, which is one of the big problems in Brazil. Without these reductions in violence it’s very difficult to move forward at the most basic human level, and in spite of impressive reductions in poverty in last 15 to 20 years, the violence has got worse in Brazil. SEE MORE…



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