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Nov 1, 2011

Belize on list of violent countries

So far this year, one hundred and nine persons have been murdered; all victims of crime and violence.  Of that number, the vicious cycle of homicides has been felt mostly in the City where age no longer figures and minors have become a frequent target. This week a new report places Belize among the fourteen most violent countries in the world.  The report, “Armed Violence and Development” published in Geneva by the Secretariat from the Geneva Declaration, says six of the fourteen most violent countries are also in this hemisphere. To put it in perspective, the most violent countries are our neighbors to the south: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala with whom we share borders. The two others, Colombia and Venezuela, are only slightly south of us. Organized armed groups linked to drug trafficking are the source of the violence among the countries, which the Geneva report points out, are not at war. Among the six, El Salvador stands out as the most violent and between 2004-2009, the number of persons killed in violent circumstances was the highest in that country. The eight other countries cited are Iraq, Jamaica, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Lesotho, Centro African Republic, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the report five hundred and twenty-six thousand people die violently every year in the world, but only fifty-five thousand lost their lives in conflict or terrorist conditions. In October, Restore Belize’s Nelma Mortis first revealed that Belize was ranked the sixth most violent country in the world.

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20 Responses for “Belize on list of violent countries”

  1. Storm says:

    Gee, what do the other violent countries in the Americas have in common? THEY ARE ALL DRUG PRODUCERS OR TRANSIT NATIONS. Just like we are, I’m ashamed to say.

    Drugs do kill, and they are killing this country. Drug money buys off politicians, judges, and police, and gangsters murder without fear of punishment.

    Truth is, only about 100, 200 at most corrupt people and the gangsters they hire have ruined our homeland.

    We need to find or create a police or BDF squad of TRULY INCORRUPTIBLE crime fighters and an honest leader for them. Then let them go to war on the criminals, with whatever international support they can get. Belize is small enough and the numbers of criminals — including political crooks — that we could turn the tide is less than a year. But we must have NEW leadership to do anything honest.

  2. Manuel Almendar says:

    WITH THIS GOV WE WILL SURELY GRADUATE TO # 1.
    BALD HEAD PLEASE RESIGN !!!!
    WE DETEST YOU, WE HATE YOU, WE DO NOT NEED YOU.

  3. Earl Grey says:

    ARE WE SURPRISED????????????????????
    and…………………………………………………………..WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING ABOUT IT?

  4. Frankee says:

    It not like we needed some Buraeucrats in Geneva to tell us that Belize is a violent place. Belize has been voilent for so long. It is just that in the 90s it really started getting out of hand, and in the 2000s it went to new heights and the trend continues in the second decade of the 21st Century. It is not like some one just switched the violence and murder button ON yesterday, today, last year, or 15 years ago. We have too much gun man who think that the gun manufacturing nations stopped making guns after they made theirs. Hence, when one kills another one drops as an equal and opposite reaction.

  5. Kenneth gladden says:

    I think the people that to responsible are the those who was on gourd that night

  6. O.Walk observer says:

    Let’s be real, this situation did not happen overnight, iy evolved over a period of time and it was not dealt with. Belize is at fault for its geographycal position; that is well placed for the trans shipping of drugs, but we are not to blame entirely for the present situation. The U.S. is always blaming producers and mules for their drug problem, but they can never clean their own house. If they manage to stop the consumption of illicit drugs, the demand will cease and the producers will have to find other jobs in order to survive.
    Mexico has always been complaining about the U.S. not doing enough to combat the consuption of drugs and then to make it worse, the Americans have lax gun laws that make it easy to aquire weapons which end up in Mexico Killing those fighting the drug trade. Lately it has been discovered that even Law enforcement officers have been involved in the illigal weapons trade. The U.S. is simply not doing enough and just putting blame on other countries to disguise this situation.
    U.D.P. government has not done enough just as the previous two term P.U.P. government, always taking the wrong approach when dealing with our crime situation.

  7. Joe says:

    We are number six!!! – Oh and El Salvador Guate Honduras — where is Mexico — or is it that Mexican President has lately kick and shoved it deep into american’s face that USA is the major cause of all this killing?

    YES!!!! — the president of Mex told them that it is because of their market for drugs and their production of arms that we have problems over here!!!

    It is time that we rise against who has been telling us that we stink — it is because you are pissing on us!! damn it

  8. sofia says:

    As a belizean.. What a shame as a country even though its most in Belize City.. With a population of 75,000 in the city one really has to be incompetent to really be at number 6 in the world.. At least in el salvador they have 2 million people or more… what a shame… no leadership and plan…

  9. rod says:

    we have a pm that has his nose up obamas poopshute so nothing will be done as long as he is in power period.

  10. CEO says:

    WE DID NOT HAVE GOOD LEADERSHIP WHEN THE LAST CROWD WAS THERE AND WE DO NOT HAVE GOOD LEADERSHIP NOW. WHAT IS EVEN MORE SAD IS I DO NOT SEE ANYONE ON THE HORIZON WHO WILL LEAD THE COUNTRY OUT THE MESS WE ARE IN!

    THE RESIGNATION OF BARROW OR EARLY ELLECTIONS ARE NOT THE ANSWER! THIS IS JUST LIKE IF YOUR ROOF IS LEAKING AND YOU REARRANGE YOUR CHAIRS TO STOP THE LEAK. WE ARE ON A SHIP THAT IS SINKING AND MOST OF YOU ALL ARE FOCUSED ON REARRANGING THE FURNATURE ON BOARD.

    I AM SURE IF THEY FACTOR IN THE POPULATION DENSITY WE WOULD BUBBLE UP TO THE TOP! IN THE DEFENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT IT IS A MUNUMENTAL TASK BECAUSE WE ARE SOROUNDED BY THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

  11. superman says:

    Big drug lord don’t give a shxx about the crime on the streets. Especially in Belize city the drug market is too small for them to kill anyone to get it.
    What we’re fighting here is the ignorance and lack of sense of family. Is not even the lack of jobs since most of this people don’t want to work anyway. Look how many foreigners we have to import to substain belize’s productivity…..
    When a girl turns 20 in Belize already has 2 kids, but you never see a father around. This kids will feed the gangsta army in the future…..
    Need to invest in social planning, education etc. Takes time…. a lot of time

  12. veteran says:

    Since the existence of both lawfirms,known as pup and udp,we belizeans know that both parties,clubs in belize dont care about belizeans security,and well been,pup and udp care about the OIL,the millions they make on oil profits,no surprise.

  13. Jan says:

    I agree on the comment of superman…

  14. ny says:

    The laws in belize are doing nothing to curb bad behaviour, intstead they have embolden many to carry out their crimes with impunity. Violence is spreading throughout the jewel @ an alarming rate, it’s scary

  15. NY says:

    The people of Belize must be so incredibly proud of this great achievement. Keep up the great work! Eventually such a small population will disappear.

  16. me says:

    Dont worry, the 9th ammendment will fix everything!

  17. ang says:

    Being such a small population and killings per capita of course our mortality crime rate will be higher like AIDS, needless to say to GENEVA ORG Mexico had far more killings and gruesome ones than half our countries put together. One more thing to think about is tourists still coming because they understand this fact.

  18. Yardie says:

    When the Belize gov stop being an a**hole and start doing the right thing and punish the criminals the right way, life will get better. Don’t you see the justice system is a joke. People like Dean Honorable a**hole barrow and other high official, don’t care because the their families is not in Harms way and they don’t have to deal with proverty after robbing the country. If you kill, then you should be kill downtown Belize in public on the lunch hr, so everyone can watch . Just like they gather to watch Belize idol at night on TV. Forget the trial and just do it.

  19. MESSENGER. says:

    WHAT BELIZE NEED IS JESUS.WHEN EVERY MAN,WOMAN,BOY AND GIRL REALIZE THAT ONLY OUR CREATOR AND SUSTAINER CAN HELP US OUT THE MESS OUR COUNTRY IS IN,AND SINCERLY TURN TO HIM FOR HELP ONLY THEN WILL CHANGES BE SEEN. LIKE THE REST OF MOST OF THE WORLD WE HAVE FORGOTTEN OUR PURPOSE HERE ON EARTH. LOOK AROUND THE WORLD TODAY IN ALL COUNTRYS,SAME SITUATION OR WORSE.ITS TELLS ME THAT SOMETHING BIGGER THAN WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO TO FIX OUR COUNTRY HAS TO HAPPEN AND WILL HAPPEN TO BRING AN END TO ALL THIS MISERY AND THESE UNIMAGINABLE ACTS OF VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY.LOOK TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN YOUR CREATOR,AND THE MAKER OF EVERYTHING,WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH GRAIN OF HAIR IS ON YOUR HEAD,IMAGINE THAT FOR A MOMENT. PUT ALL YOUR TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN HIM NOT IN GOVERMENT , OR YOUR JOB OR YOUR WEALTH. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT IS VERY SHORT,YOU’RE LIVING THIS MINUTE AND THE NEXT YOU’RE GONE.U COULD STAR,T THIS CHANGE FOR YOUR COUNTRY BY ASKING THE GOD OF HEAVEN LIVE IN YOU, THATS ALL HE WILL DO THE REST. IF EVERY BELIZEAN WOULD DO THIS WE WILL SEE ALL THE CHANGES MAN COULD NOT BRING ABOUT FOR US RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.REMEMBER IT STARTS WITH U FIRST READ 2 CHRONICLES 7;14 GOD BLESS BELIZE.

  20. MESSENGER. says:

    WHAT BELIZE NEED IS JESUS.SEEK HIM BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

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