Wednesday, October 18, 2017

U.S. State Department Warns American Citizens Especially Females Not to Travel Medellin Columbia Threat of Kidnapping and Murder Extremely High.



U.S. State Department Warns American Citizens Especially Females Not to Travel Medellin Columbia Threat of Kidnapping and Murder Extremely High. In 2016, there were a total of 534 homicides reported in Medellín, Columbia which was up 7.9% compared to 2015. Organized crime groups in the city such as La Oficina and Los Urabeños reportedly are responsible for over half the homicides in the city. Medellín was once known as the most violent city in the world, a result of an urban war set off by the drug cartels. As the home of the Medellín Cartel funded by Pablo Escobar, the city was victim of the terror caused by the war between the organization headed by Escobar, and competing organizations such as "El Cartel del Valle". There were 33% more murders in 2008 than 2007, with an increase from 654 to 871 violent deaths. This increased further by over 200% in 2009 to 2,899 violent deaths, or about 110 deaths per 100,000 people, 2.5 times the average homicide rate in Colombia and 20 times the average homicide rate in the United States for that same year. An average of 9 people were killed every day in 2009. Back in the 1990s Medellín was known as the “murder capital of the world”. In 1991, Medellín had a homicide rate of 375 per 100,000 residents. That is over triple the current most dangerous city in the world: Caracas, Venezuela.
AMERICAN FEMALE FIRST HAND ACCOUNT: Solo Female Going to Medellin Colombia? Just Don’t. It’s hard to describe how the harassment here feels if you haven’t felt it yourself. I’ve had men shout at me or approach me in other places around the globe, including the US. I’ve been honked at and touched. And I’ve certainly been stared at creepily. I think most women have. But there’s something different about it here in Medellin Columbia, something that makes it more frightening, more intense. Most of the harassment I’ve experienced in my life has felt like posturing…just some guy puffing out his chest, showing off for his friends, something like that. It was something I could ignore, could shuffle past, could walk away from and try to forget. But here…the screaming, the grabbing, the staring…it has intent. It feels dangerous. It’s not just posturing. It’s not just one idiot here or there behaving badly. It’s an entire culture of men without boundaries, who see women as something for the taking. I’ve felt this scared a few times before, but these were always isolated incidents. Here the sheer volume of predators is overwhelming and terrifying.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of travel to Colombia. U.S. citizens should exercise caution, as violence linked to domestic insurgency, narco-trafficking, crime, and kidnapping occur in some rural and urban areas. This replaces the previous travel warning dated April 5, 2016. Organized political and criminal armed groups are active throughout much of the country and their methods include the use of explosives and bomb threats in public spaces. Violence associated with the armed groups occurs in rural areas as well as Colombia's major cities, including in the capital. These groups are heavily involved in the drug trade, extortion, kidnapping, and robbery. 

Violent crime is a threat throughout Colombia. Kidnapping remains a threat. Violent political groups and other criminal organizations occasionally kidnap and hold civilians, including foreigners, for ransom. U.S. government officials and their families are generally permitted to travel to major cities only by air. They may not use inter- or intra-city bus transportation or travel by road outside urban areas at night. During daylight, they are permitted to use only the following routes: Main highways between Bogota and Bucaramanga, and between Bogota and Ibague. Highways between Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia and within the “coffee country” departments of Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindío. Highway 90 from Cartagena, through Barranquilla to Santa Marta. All other travel by U.S. government personnel and their families requires a security review and specific authorization. If you do travel to Colombia, review your personal security plans, remain alert to your surroundings.



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