Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Most Violent City In The World: Glimpse Of Horrific Photos That Illustrate Reality Of Life In San Pedro Sula, Honduras


On any average day, the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula bears all the hallmarks of a war zone. The mortuaries overflow with bullet-ridden bodies, the hospital emergency rooms are inundated with the wounded. But for those people who call San Pedra Sula - recently crown the world's most violent city for the second year in a row - this is the daily reality of a region ripped apart by the drugs trade.

Gunmen have taken control of slums and villages, well aware that the police are ineffective and corrupt. San Pedro Sula recorded 1,218 homicides in 2012 (a rate of 3.3 murders a day). Reuters reported last year that San Pedro Sula is saddled with one of South America's weakest economies - and nearly 70 per cent of the population live in poverty.Many see crime as their only option. Or they leave, making the long trek to the United States.

O Lord my God! Please have mercy. This is real devastating.

WARNING!!!: GRAPHIC / VIOLENT CONTENT 

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Horrific: A man sits in the emergency room of a local hospital after being treated for a gun shot wound and several cuts with a machete in San Pedro Sula


Shocking: A security guard holds his breath while standing next to the covered-up dead body of a 16-year old boy who had gunshot to his head, at the morgue of a local hospital in San Pedro Sula





Agony: A man with a gunshot wound to his neck reacts while lying on a stretcher at the emergency ward of a local hospital in San Pedro Sula


Distraught: Family members react while standing next to a woman who died after she was hit by a stray bullet during a shoot-out between rival gangs in San Pedro Sula


Horrific: The feet of a dead man lying on a stretcher are seen inside the morgue with a bloodied gurney in the foreground








Gruesome: People peek into the emergency ward near the bloody legs of a woman who had been assaulted by her husband


Violence rules: Doctors tend to a man who had a gunshot wound. San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city has a homicide rate of 169 per 100,000 people


Fighting for life: The legs of a man who received a gunshot to his head are tied to a stretcher as medics attempt to treat him


Keeping his faith: A man with a cross reading 'Jesus loves you' lies on a stretcher after receiving a gunshot wound to his leg


Sickening: Medical scissors lie in a puddle of blood on the floor of the emergency room in San Pedro Sula

The country's National Autonomous University, citing police reports, has counted 149 civilians killed by police in the last two years, including 25 members of the notorious 18th street gang.

Overrun: Family members of patients sleep in a corridor of the emergency ward. Arms trafficking has flooded the country with nearly 70 per cent illegal firearms



A doctor talks to a patient's family member: Mortuaries overflow with bullet-ridden bodies and hospital emergency rooms are inundated with the wounded



Taken out: The dead body of a man is seen after he was shot by gang members. Lax laws allow civilians to own up to five personal guns




Fatal: The dead body of a woman who was was killed with three gunshots to the head is seen at a crime scene in San Pedro Sula


Gunned down: The dead body of a woman who was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle is seen at a crime scene in San Pedro Sula


Too much to bear: Family members break down while standing next to the body of a woman who was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle in San Pedro Sula last month


Macabre: Forensic technicians lift the dead body of the woman into a vehicle before taking her away


Plague of killings: The covered-up body of a young man shot dead along a rural lane. Honduras's second largest city has at least three murders reported each day


Carnage: The covered-up body of a man killed in a shoot-out between members of the Mara 18 street gang and police and military during an anti-drug operation lies in a house entrance in San Pedro Sula

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