Here’s the smoking gun, folks: crime kills more than war

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Here’s the smoking gun, folks: crime kills more than war

UN study reveals gender and gang violence claims more lives than armed conflict - and there's bad news for SA

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It’s true. Crime kills far more people than war.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its annual Global Study on Homicide, which revealed that some 464,000 people across the world were murdered in 2017, surpassing by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period.

“The Global Study on Homicide seeks to shed light on gender-related killings, lethal gang violence and other challenges, to support prevention and interventions to bring down homicide rates,” said UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov...

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