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Homicide Under-Registration in Colombia: 15% of murders not counted between 1990 and 2009

(Agencia de Noticias UN) During this period, the most violent time in Colombia history with around 80 and 90 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, at least 74,000 deaths went unregistered.

The highest under-registration rate is for female victims of homicide, with 10% less counted than male victims.

Parts of La Guajira, northeastern Vichada (near the border with Venezuela), western Amazonas or Southern Meta were some of the regions where Colombia's statistics agency (Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística, DANE) registered less violent deaths.

Researchers of Department of Statistics at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) reached these conclusions through a statistical model which determined the homicide rate in subregions based on violent death reports at municipalities.

“DANE has done a good job, but it is worth noticing that there was an under-registration of, at least, 15% [of murders]”, Piedad Urdinola, professor at UNAL Statistics Department, told Agencia de Noticias UN, as she explains this proportion amounts to no less than 74,000 homicides if taking into account the grand total of 492,179 deaths.

[Full news item in Spanish]

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