Off to WOMAD, any recommendations on who to see?

July 29, 2013

Are the wheels coming off the BRICS juggernaut?

July 29, 2013

Today’s grimfographic: how many people die a violent death, where and how?

July 29, 2013
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From Action on Armed Violence using data from the Geneva Declaration’s Global Burden of Armed Violence report (whose link seems to be down at the moment). Key points to note:

Only one in 8 violent deaths occur in the ‘conflict settings’ so beloved of news coverage. Most of the rest are ‘intentional homicides’ committed in gun and drug-plagued (but supposedly non-conflict) countries like El Salvador (at 62 deaths per 100,000 people, the world’s most violent ‘peaceful’ country). People often claim the death toll in El Salvador is now worse than during its 1980s civil war, but the numbers don’t seem to add up – 70,000 died over about 12 years in that war, whereas the current carnage kills ‘only’ about 3,600 a year. Latin America remains the world’s homicide hotspot.

Total global death toll is 526,000. That’s a shocking one a minute, but less than half the deaths from road accidents (which I imagine have a similar victim demographic).

But things can improve.  The murder rate in El Salvador has halved since the data for this report was gathered, thanks to a truce struck between the country’s two main street gangs.

global burden of violence


  1. Wonderfully informative and disturbing Duncan.

    Cannot help but wonder what a similar infographic on the more subtle (and infinitely more preventable) causes of deaths like malaria, diarrhoea, smoking and gender based violence would look like.

    Would it shock us more? Or less?

    1. Try this for starters Makarand, – development is full of cinderella issues (cigs, booze, traffic accidents) that it ignores, even though they kill many more people than our normal priority subjects

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