Thursday, October 03, 2002

It's this kind of day

GENEVA, Oct 3 (NCA) -- The World Health Organization says one person commits suicide roughly every 40 seconds, one person is murdered every 60 seconds and one person dies in armed conflict every 100 seconds.
The UN health agency estimated in a report released today that 1.6 million people died violently in 2000.
The WHO's first report on violence, compiled over three years, said men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women. The highest rates were in eastern Europe.
WHO said the annual suicide rate per 100,000 people was 51 in Lithuania, 43 in Russia, 41 in Belarus, 38 in Estonia, 37 in Kazakhstan, 36 in Latvia, and about 14 in the United States.
The annual homicide rate per 100,000 was nearly 22 in Russia, 17 in Kazakhstan, about 15 in Estonia, nearly 12 in Ukraine and Latvia, and about 7 in the United States.
The report's author, Etienne Krug, said it is "shocking" how big the problem of violence is worldwide, regardless of country, region or religion. (ap/rtr/afp/www.who.int)tj/aw

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