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Brazil youth homicides up 346% in 30 years

Friday, July 20, 2012    

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian academic who studies violence says a survey of data shows the country's homicide rate for young people has shot up 346 per cent over the past three decades.

Julio Jacobo Waiselfisz coordinates violence studies at Latin American College of Social Sciences in Brazil and published a report on youth killings yesterday.

The survey found that Brazil's overall murder rate went up fastest in the 1980s, but continued growing in the 1990s and 2000s. Over those decades, young people became a higher percentage of murder victims -- rising from 11 per cent of the total in 1980 to 43 per cent in 2010.

That makes Brazil the fourth of 91 countries when it comes to youth homicides, behind El Salvador, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

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