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Violence grows in Ecuador as illegal weapons enter from Peru and Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Ecuador, the cross-border flow of industrially-sourced weapons increases crime and exacerbates the current prison crisis. So far, in 2021, more than 2,000 homicides have been recorded, with less than a month to go before the end of the year. This figure surpassed the 1,372 deaths recorded in 2020 and represents almost double the 1,187 in 2019.

As of October 2021, in Ecuador, there was a rate of 11 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, 3 points higher than that recorded in 2020 and close to the regional average of 18 deaths . . .

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