Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Guatemala: Shocking Femicide Rates

Gang-related violence has increased in recent years alongside a rise in drug-trafficking activity

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA -- A white sheet covers another victim of Guatemala City's violence in District 16.

Jocelyn was shot dead while walking home. She was only 17-years-old.

Her family has no idea why she was killed. Her murder, like so many others in this country, will probably remain unpunished.

Situations like this one have become regular in Guatemala as violence against women - termed "femicide" - continues to increase.

The savage methods being used by street gangs in their fight against each other are now being used against women.

Gang-related violence has increased sharply here in recent years, amid an increase in drug-trafficking activity.

But while the murder rate cuts evenly across both sexes, women's groups point out that females are often killed simply because of their gender.

In 2007, more than 700 women and girls were murdered...


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