Society

New study underlines pressing violence problem in Brazil’s North and Northeast

The Institute of Applied Economic Research classified murder rates in 120 Brazilian cities

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People watch the body of a murdered man in Salvador, Bahia. The Northeast region is one of the most violent in Brazil. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

On Sunday, police in the northern Brazilian state of Acre came across the corpse of a 14-year-old boy in a woodland area outside the city of Feijó. According to police inquiries, the minor was murdered in a revenge killing, after the deceased was accused of raping his five-year-old cousin. Local police chief Railson Ferreira claims the boy’s step-mother handed him over to a local organized crime gang to enact “vigilante justice” against the teenager.

Indeed, the pages of the local press in Acre are often emblazoned with such horrific crimes, and a recent study from the Institute of Applied...

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