New statistics have been released regarding homicide rates around the globe. I am saddened to see that El Salvador lands in the top five along with other Central American countries. As a whole Latin America is more violent than any other region on earth, and while the rates of femicide are high, the majority of the victims are males.
That means that more people lose their sons, fathers, brothers, nephews, uncles, cousins, boyfriends, and friends to homicide than in any other region. What is more tragic, is that they lose them young. This report shows that the homicide rate among 15-29 year old males is more than four times the global rate.
Four times the death, the pain, the loss, and the suffering. Four times the mothers that have to hear that their sons will never come home again. Four times the young women left to raise children and make a life alone.
Friends, this has to stop. I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t know how. I just know that it has to stop. Pray with me for El Salvador, and for all the broken lives and violent hearts across our region. This has to stop.
We are losing a generation.