Congratulations to the remaining residents of Caracas, Venezuela! Foreign Policy has just honored your fair city as the murder capital of the world, with around 130 murders per 100,000 people.
Not only that, the actual murder rate may be much higher, because the numbers “omit prison-related murders as well as deaths that the state never gets around to properly ‘categorizing.’ The numbers also don’t count those who died while ‘resisting arrest,’ suggesting that Caracas’s cops-already known for their brutality against student protesters-might be cooking the books.”
Also showing up on the list are Cape Town, New Orleans, Moscow, and, surprisingly, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, which was recently named “Worst City” in an Economist Intelligence Unit survey.
Although Cape Town is rapidly emerging as one of Africa’s most appealing cities, the city’s homicide rate is still off the charts, at 62 per 100,000 people. But here’s something to comfort you before your next visit: “The city’s homicides usually take place in suburban townships rather than in the more upscale urban areas where tourists visit.”
The article adds: “According to the South African Police Service, most of the Cape Town area’s violent crimes happen between people who know one another, including a horrific case last year in which four males doused a female friend in gasoline and lit her on fire.”