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The "invasion" that Trump used in his failed attempt to get more votes for the Republicans is a made up "crisis" to stoke the fears of his base. What these idiots are completely ignorant about is that there really IS a crisis, but it is in the Central America countries the caravan is fleeing from. Today's Al Jazeera had a chilling account on that it is like to live in those countries:
A few phrases that jump out:
"Carbajal was part of a Central American exodus last year that saw thousands of migrants flee Honduras and El Salvador in highly visible groups dubbed caravans. An estimated 6,000 migrants travelling collectively for safety made it to the United States-Mexico border in Tijuana late last year."
"My son was decapitated," she said, reaching into her purse to retrieve a newspaper clipping with a photograph of grieving women hugging in front of yellow police tape blocking off the crime scene.
Throughout Honduras, the transportation sector is plagued by extortion by gangs and other criminal networks, but killings over non-payment are particularly frequent along the routes between San Pedro Sula, Choloma and Puerto Cortes.
"I received death threats," she told Al Jazeera.
There is no question that the countries in Central America are dangerous places to live, but here is a surprising fact:
They are far from the most dangerous places on earth. The "honor" of being the most dangerous place is Syria, followed by Afghanistan.Yemen is the 6th most dangerous country, and Russia is the 10th most dangerous country.
Guatemala is ranked as the 53rd most dangerous country in the world.
El Salvador is ranked the 47th most dangerous country in the world.
Honduras is ranked as the 46th most dangerous country in the world.
You know what country is even MORE dangerous that these countries?
The United States.
Officially, we are the 43rd most dangerous country in the world. It might have something to do with the fact that we have more guns per 100 inhabitants (120.5) than any other place on the planet, but the real reasons are (1) the level of safety in our society (2) international conflicts and (3) the extent of our militarization.
The index, produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarisation.
Gun violence, however, IS a big problem in the Central American counties. In terms of homicide rate from firearms per 100,000 population, Honduras is by far the most dangerous country in the world, with a death rate of 66.64 per 100,000 of population. El Salvador is #3, with a rate of 26.49, and Guatemala is #5, with a homicide rate of 29.62. Even though America has 33, 636 deaths per year (including 11,208 homicides) our homicide rate is "only" 4.62 per 100,000 of population.
The Boston Globe fact checked Trump's Oval Office speech about the wall, and found that it was "not exactly " accurate: