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Mapping Mexico's gang violence

Mapping Mexico's gang violence | Geography Education |
Voters are counting on the next president to find a solution to the country's alarming rise in organised crime.


This interactive features shows temporal and spatial data on drug-related deaths in Mexico since 2007.  Also connected are profiles of the presidential candidates of the three major political parties (PRI, PAN and PRD) and with their platform on drugs and ways to curtail the accompanying violence.  Mexico's presidents can only hold office for one term, but it is a six-year term...2012 isn't just about Obama and Romney. 

Sam Henry's comment, August 27, 2012 11:01 AM
I would be interested to see how the newly elected official will use this map and what their changes in the current approach will be
James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 12:46 PM

(Mexico topic 7)

A picture (specifically a map, in this case) is absolutely worth a thousand words, and can invoke many more. Over 10,000 deaths in Chihuahua but less than 20 in Baja California Sur, for example - though Chihuahua's population is greater, the percentages based upon population are still way out of proportions. For some perspective, If Rhode Island were in Chihuahua's situation, that would mean over 3000 cartel-related deaths every year in the state (~0.3% of the total population).

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 16, 9:15 PM

The statistics in this interactive diagram are staggering. The death toll in Chihuahua alone was 10,134 people (2007-2010), the drastic increase from 2007 to 2010 is immense.Many attribute this violence to the on going battle of Mexico's two largest drug cartels. In the 2012 election the clear frontrunner took the presidency, Enrique Peña Nieto. It was clear than that something needed to change in this country, it would be interesting to research if anything had been.

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