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Violence costs Central America $6.5 billion a year

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The economic costs of violence in Central America amount to $6.5 billion a year, the Inter-american Development Bank reported.

The amount is about 8 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. More than half of the costs amount to health care.

In an effort to combat the violence Central America is this week presenting a regional strategy at a meeting attended by leading aid donors in Guatemala.

Original source (in Spanish): AFP