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1.1 million killed in Brazil since ’80

AFP-JIJI

More than 1 million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world’s seventh most violent country, a survey showed Thursday.

During the period, homicides soared 132 percent to claim 1,145,208 lives, from a rate of 11.5 murders for 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 27 per 100,000 in 2011, according to the Map of Violence report.

Among those aged between 14 and 25, homicides skyrocketed 326 percent to reach 53 per 100,000 inhabitants, said the study published by the Latin American Studies Center.

In 2011, Brazil, now home to 194 million people, recorded 51,198 homicides, ranking seventh among the world’s most violent nations after El Salvador, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.