1.6 million people a year die violent deaths every year around the world, and half of these are suicides, according to the World Health Organization. One third of the violent deaths are homicides and 20% are victims of war. Violence is the leading cause of death in people from the mid-teens to middle age. Eastern European people have the highest suicide rate, while Latin America and parts of Asia have the lowest. "The most shocking thing is how big the problem is regardless of country, region or religion. Violence is unacceptably high in all countries," says WHO?s Etienne Krug.
In some countries, as many as 70% of women have been abused by their husbands and up to 30% of women say their first sexual experience was being raped. The 20th century was one of the most violent in history. About 191 million people, half of them civilians, lost their lives due to war.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt rejects the idea that violence is part of the human condition, and says, "?Violence can be overcome. I don't think there can be a more ambitious aim for this new century."
How can we live in a world filled with violence? Whitley Strieber has found a way in ?The Path,?click here.
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