Prevención y reducción de la violencia armada – 2008
More than 500,000 people die violently every year, most of them in the the developing world, and the vast majority asa result of small arms and light weapons.
Poorer countries are less safe than rich ones. Most of the world’scurrent armed conficts are raging in the global South, and morethan one-third of all countries mired in poverty have experiencedwar since the late 1990s. The same patterns hold true or criminal violence:many poorer countries—and an alarming number of medium-incomestates—are exposed to high rates of homicide, armed assault, and victimization associated with collective or criminal violence.