More and more people are being murdered in Mexico. Last year, there were 20,792 homicides in Mexico — a 22% increase over 2015, and a 35% jump over 2014.
This year has seen an unprecedented uptick in violence, with federal statistics showing nearly 2,000 people killed in the first month of 2017 — more than in any January since federal officials began releasing crime data in the 1990s.
Crime experts have estimated that narco-violence could account for up to half of the overall numbers.
Murders rose in 25 out Mexico’s 31 states in January compared to the same month last year, with the worst violence concentrated in Guerrero, Baja California Sur and Colima.
The violence has become so normalized, most killings don’t make headlines. Even as the murders rise, there is little outrage among the Mexican public.
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