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Shopkeeper behind bars in Guatemala 13th November 2011

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    admin:

    I have been notified by Andy that my statistics have been updated. Currently only New Orleans is more dangerous (based on homicide rate) than Guatemala.

    Chicago has dropped fortunately, though US rates are still many times higher than other industrialized countries (3x as high as canda, 6 times as high as The Netherlands, Germany and Japan for example, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate).

    Sill in all industrialized countries you have a much higher chance (2-20 times higher) to be killed by yourself..

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    מגזין הקישורים הסמויים מן העין , הפלגה מס’ 131 , 4 לינואר 2012 | עמי סלנט:

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Shopkeeper behind bars in Guatemala

The story behind "Shopkeeper behind bars in Guatemala"

Statistically speaking being in Guatemala is almost as dangerous as being in Chicago or Detroit (or any other of the big cities in the USA) if you look at homicide figures. Still many people live voluntarily in those two cities (which metro areas have the same population as the central American country), while they are afraid to visit Guatemala.

This country is much more interesting as it has a great cultural heritage, wonderful nature and nice people. Still the locals are afraid especially because of the sensational ‘newspapers’ filled with graphical pictures of murders, that influence so many people.

As is quite normal, this woman has a little shop attached to her home, selling mainly processed ‘food’ and cell-phone prepaid cards. You can not go inside, you need to point out what you want, pay first through the bars and then get your junk-food or $0,50 cts of calling time.

Her entire house was painted blue which is one of the main and most aggressive ways of marketing of the local mobile telephone operators: they offer the shopkeepers (and even regular houses) to paint their house for free, but they must keep the colours and slogans… Entire towns now end up being painted blue.

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