I have no idea if their numbers are correct but if they are, it is a truly shocking situation. Even though this is a fairly small state (a little larger than Maine) with a population close to New York City’s (8 million) the website shows that between 300 and 400 murders occur in this state every month. Over 4000 deaths in 2009 alone. There were approximately 461 murders in NYC in 2009.
Is the situation in the other Brazilian states much different? How about unreported crimes? Can you imagine if this average holds throughout Brazil’s 200 million population? That’s over 100 thousand murders a year!
If that is not a civil war I don’t know what it is.