According to CNS News, Ciudad Juarez – right across the border from El Paso, Texas – is the deadliest town:
More Civilians Killed Last Year in One Mexican Border Town Than All Afghanistan
There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan.
On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according toMexico’s 2010 census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook.
The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and published in a CRS report released on Feb. 3. The number of civilians killed in Juarez was compiled by Molly Molloy, a research librarian at New Mexico State University who maintains a count of murders Juarez and published it on the Frontera List Web site. Molloy’s work on civilian murders in Juarez was also referenced in arecent CRS report on Mexican drug cartels.
Much of the violence in Juárez is sparked by drug trafficking organizations battling over one of the major smuggling corridors into the United States.
The US government ought to start doing something about securing the border, wouldn’t you think?