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laprensagraficaA report issued today by “La Prensa Gráfica” from El Salvador indicates that the seven countries that form the Central American isthmus have registered at least 275,714 homicides in the last 19 years, based on official records from each of the countries. (Show fig 4)

While here in Belize the homicide rate at the end of 2017 showed an increase compared to other years, the report indicates that as a region 2017 (Put fig 1) closed with at least 14,784 homicides, the lowest figure since 2007, when the region had 14,010; that same year an upward trend began, which reached its highest point in 2011 with 19,094. As of that year, the trend began to fall until 2015 when it rose again, and then began to fall again. (Put fig 6)

According to the report, the region has an estimated population of 47 million 41 thousand one hundred and nineteen inhabitants, which means that the homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 31.4, three times higher than the figure that the World Health Organization considers "epidemic." (Show fig 5)

From the Central American Countries which includes, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá and Belize, Countries in the Northern Ridge including El Salvador, Honduras Guatemala and Belize recorded the highest rates per capita when it comes to homicide rates. (Show fig 2) El Salvador however was the country with the highest homicide rate for 2017 with 64 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants or a total of 3,950. Belize recorded a total of 138 homicides as of December 19th 2017. (Show fig 3&8)

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