Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Now, let us sleep with such a noise!

I've read, in some printed news that there is no place, amongst 65 compared countries, where more youth is killed than in Brazil. Besides that, the Country is the third, in a 84 ranking, in which more youth between 15 and 24 year old dye by murder. This was made public by the Violence Map 2006, a study divulgated on November, 16th, in Brasília, by the Iberoamerican States Organization (OEI). The document points that 15.5 thousand Brazilians between 15 and 24 lost their lives in 2004 because of accidents, crimes or suicides caused by a fire gun, which results in 43 deaths per 100 thousand. From the 65 compared countries, only Venezuela comes close to Brazil, with a rank of 38 deaths per 100 thousand youth. Even Israel, a country that lives a situation of armed conflict, has a much lower ranking: 5,3 death per 100 thousand. Despite the increase of 64,2% in the number of murders amongst youth from 1994 to 2004, it was registered a decline of the problem from 2003 to 2004. To the author of the study, Julio Jacobo Waiselfisz, in good measure, the reduction is a reflection of the Disarming Act, applied since 2003. There is no magic solution. Brazil’s debt is historical. Now, let us sleep with such a noise!

Washington Araújo

(published in www.CidadãodoMundo.org, Brazil, November 2006)

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