It’s really hard to say which city is the world’s most murderous / Renata Giannini Robert Muggah and Katherine Aguirre

The news trickling out of Caracas just keeps getting worse. A recently published ranking of the world’s most dangerous cities listed the Venezuelan capital at the top of the charts. The city’s murder rate supposedly reached an eye-watering 120 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, almost 20 times the global average. City officials were quick to dismiss the list as fatally flawed.
The annual ranking of the world’s most violent cities is produced by a Mexican research group called Security, Justice and Peace, or SJP. For the past few years SJP has generated big headlines for its review of the 50 most murderous cities. While attracting media attention, the organization’s methods are coming under increasing scrutiny.
Predictably, Venezuelan authorities argue against the findings, specifically the one that Caracas is the world’s most violent city. It’s hard to know for sure since they seldom make disaggregated crime data available. For example, local officials recently announced that 17,778 Venezuelans were murdered in 2015. This compares to 27,875 homicides reported by the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV) for the same year. SEE MORE…



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