San Miguelito District of Panama - The Third Most Dangerous Country in Latin America
Tuesday, December 13 2011 @ 11:53 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
This situation is not unique or different from past years. In 2010 there were 134 murders in San Miguelito for a homicide rate of 42.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a normal standard is 9 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, and a higher figure is considered to be an "epidemic" for that organisation. According to the investigation conducted by El Siglo, the area of Belisario Porras is the most violent of San Miguelito, and between January and November 2011 there were 40 murders. This is followed by the area of Omar Torrijos with 22 murders, the the areas of Arnulfo Arias and Belisario Frķas with 21 each. (See map)
Editor's Comment: I love this kind of statistical analysis. Obviously the National Police should deploy their troops to these areas and make more of an effort to stem the tide of violence. At 146 murders in 2011, that's one murder every 2.5 days. And San Miguelito is more violent than Guatemala - which is saying a lot...