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SA teens kill and die at double the global average. Why?


SA teens kill and die at double the global average. Why?

Researchers reveal the reasons for this horrifying statistic, and point to what needs to be done

Senior science reporter

A highly skilled group of South African scientists embarked on a study that would make even the most hardened person recoil: they collected data from mortuary registers, autopsy reports and police interviews on children under the age of 18 who had been murdered in SA in 2009.

Such findings, they realised, would shed light on the scourge of child homicides in the country and thus inform policies to prevent them.

Some of their research has already been published over the past few years, but the most recent section of their work focuses on a very specific age group on which little has been written: adolescents...

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