Crime and violence cost Honduras 10 percent of GDP
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – A new World Bank report says crime and violence has cost Honduras the equivalent of 10 percent of the country's GDP annually.
Honduras had the highest homicide rate in the world in 2010, with 6,200 killings, or 82.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
World Bank representative Giuseppe Zampaglione says the killings increased to 7,104 in 2011 and that there isn't a family in Honduras "that hasn't been affected by fear and violence."
Zampaglione spoke Wednesday at a meeting of international experts on community safety in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, often cited as Honduras' most violent city with a murder rate almost double the national average.
Honduras has been hit by a combination of drug trafficking, street gangs and violent crime.