Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that the country’s homicide rate has dropped to 25.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest since 1976.
During his weekly press meeting on public security, the president stressed that “we have obtained a homicide rate of 25.9 for every 100,000 inhabitants over the past 12 months, the lowest of the past 40 years.”
Colombia’s official homicide rate for 2015 is set to be released with the presentation of the Medical Examiner’s Office annual report in August.
But, compared to 2014, Santos’ reported homicide rate represents a 2.3% drop.
At the same time, deadly violence between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups began emerging.
By 1993, the year of Escobar’s death, the situation had spiraled so far out of control that Medellin’s homicide rate exceeded 370 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Escobar’s death and the falling apart of the great cartels of the 1990s spurred a drop in homicide rates.