In 20 Years, Death of Young Brazilians Grows from 30 to 55 per 100,000

The number of young people murdered in Brazil nearly doubled in a little over 20 years, according to the Brazilian anthropologist, Alba Zaluar.

She said that, between 1980 and 2002, the number of homicide victims per 100 thousand youths in the population rose from 30 to nearly 55. 93% of the victims were males; only 7% were females.

According to Zaluar, this index shows that the situation in Brazil cannot be compared with a civil war, even though the number of deaths is similar.

"In a civil war, men and women and children and old folks die alike," she observed. In her opinion, what is going on is a private war.

"Here the war isn’t among social or ethnic groups but among rival gangs and between them and the police."

The factors leading young people to dedicate their lives to crime, especially drug and arms trafficking, should also come under scrutiny, Zaluar argues.

That means taking into account not only the monetary rewards that attract people from poor financial circumstances.

Uruguay Agreement

The Brazilian and Uruguayan governments will take the first step today, May 19, to try to resolve mutual problems affecting children, adolescents, and their families, especially in the border region.

They will sign a protocol of intentions in which the two countries assume the commitment of exchanging experiences related to the formulation of programs, plans, and projects in the area of child and adolescent care.

The document will be signed on behalf of Brazil by the head of the Special Secretariat for Human Rights, minister Paulo Vannuchi, during a visit to the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.

Vannuchi has meetings scheduled with the Uruguayan minister of National Defense, Azucena Berrutti, and the presidential secretary, Gonzalo Fernandez.

Agência Brasil



You May Also Like

Brazil’s Challenge Is to Grow, Says Minister

Evaluating the two years of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration, Minister Luiz ...

Brazil Opposition Wants Lula to Denounce Cuban Regime

Brazilian opposition members in congress expressed dismay at declarations made by president Luiz Inácio ...

Chaos Symphony

I have to confess that I love São Paulo. I don’t quite know why, ...

An Arab Language Primer for Brazilian Kids

Every Arab child should know the meaning of the words "buchar", "buza" and "lêr-rebe", ...

Partnerships Will Reduce Poverty in Brazil, Says US Commerce Secretary

According to the United States Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, trade partnerships based on ...

Brazilian Real Hits 35-Month High Against Dollar

Brazilian and Latin American equities turned lower on the day, after a substantial ascent ...

Brazil’s Best-Selling Paulo Coelho Posts Novels on Web for Free

Publishing House HarperCollins has declared 2008 the year of Brazilian best-selling novelist Paulo Coelho. ...

Brazil Loses US$ 28 Billion Trying to Prop Up the Dollar

The Brazilian central bank posted a loss of 47.5 billion reais (28.5 billion US ...

American Marketing Expert Tells Brazil How to Go Global

Global marketing does not exist. This is the statement of the  American Richard Monturo, ...

Relatives of Brazilian Killed in Subway Accuse London of Keeping them in the Dark

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes are considering the offer of a private ...