Posts Tagged ‘violencia’
- Guatemala is the only Central American country in its Constitution recognizes the rights of possession and carrying of firearms.
- The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in Guatemala is 1,650,0001
- The rate of private gun ownership in Guatemala is 13.1 firearms per 100 people
- The number of registered guns in Guatemala is reported to be 393,996
- The rate of registered firearms per 100 people in Guatemala is 4.80
- The defence forces of Guatemala are reported to have 148,770 firearms
Violence against women in Guatemala ranks second in the world, behind only Russia and Quetzaltenango ranks third in the country after Guatemala City and Escuintla, according to the PDH (Office of Human Rights), 9 out of 10 families hides violence against women and 98% of crimes go unpunished.
So, Guatemala is a macho society?
In times of insecurity and lack of freedom, we live behind security gates. Nowadays you can see them expand in all places. It doesn’t create a community atmosphere but rather restrictions, regulations and often hostility. Is this person aware of the fact that their freedom has become a very small space? Has this violence locked us? Or have we taken this measure to locked us apart from violence: “Let there be violence, but outside my home”. Inaction and force of habit rules.
Text and photo by Myrna Hernandez
A woman goes out to a club wearing a miniskirt. She gets pretty drunk and stumbles home in the wrong direction. She ends up lost in a bad neighborhood. She gets raped. Is she to blame in some way? Was this her fault? Was she asking for it? (via You Are Not So Smart)
Believe it or not, there’s a widespread perception that it is. What’s this all about? Well, if you recall we have talked about violence against women in Guatemala. Recently there’s women-only buses in Guatemala City too… another indicator.
Another important fact has been revealed the past week, equally overwhelming: 33,000 calls that report cases of sexual violence in almost half year of 2011. Numbers speak for themselves and that’s crazy. The phone number to report these abuses in Guatemala is 1571 and provides free attention to victims of sexual violence.
In psychology, the previous example is also know as: The Just-World Fallacy.
A few months ago the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala reported 548 firearm deaths, an average of 18 deaths every day. Last year more than 6,500 people were reported killed by violence in Guatemala. In the main photo you can see another one of those scenes to which we appear to be used to: The murder of the Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral.
It is not the first time that these unfortunate events are reported in our daily photo community. It is true that people get used to violence. The reactions were immediate in social networks:
I feel great sorrow for the senseless death of Facundo Cabral. A vile murder, as an inhabitant of this world claim to be clarified. – @socotustra
El trovador no muere. – @DonBisca
There are hundreds of reactions about this terrible incident.
For tomorrow several groups have convened marches in Guatemala City in protest and rejection to the violence that exists in our country.