A world where everyone would live in peace and harmony is the motto of the United Nations, but still there are various countries that are regarded as dangerous places to live in. When you look out for various countries those are regarded as the most dangerous countries in world, there are different factors that contribute to it. Some of these reasons can be engaging wars, political unrest, poor literacy rate, low development rate, terrible economy, high crime rate, and oppression of human rights.
In this modern world of technology, the world is global village and we wish to have a world where people are free to travel around the globe. However, many people don’t believe in such claims when they see that the place is not safe enough for them. Sure, the world has become a better place, and humans have become more secular, but not everyone respects the feeling of secularism. When you look out for such countries you will notice that these countries were not so bad to go out on vacations, but the present situations have made these countries one of the perilous places to visit.
Here in this article, we have listed twenty five countries that are considered as the most dangerous countries in world today.
South Africa is regarded as one of the most developed nations in the African continent. However, the crime rate of car hijacking is in quite big numbers when compared to any developed nations. Started in late sixty’s, hijacking was only done for the vehicle and the driver was left without help. However, the crime condition has unevenly changed and now the hijackers are not afraid to kill the driver for the car. According to some statistics, 1 out of 5 people get shot in a hi-jacking situation. In some cases, the driver is kidnapped under the assault by a weapon and is retained as a passenger under duress. If you look out for the hijacking hotspots, various cities of South Africa like Johannesburg, Centurion, Witbank, Durban, East London, Pretoria, Soweto, Ballito/Salt Rock and Cape Town are included in this list.
Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
One of the most attractive tourist destinations in world, Rio de Janeiro is popular for its beaches and night life. It is the home to the world famous Rio carnival that attracts tourists from all across the globe. However, the rising population and low employment rate has enhanced the crime rate in this city from last couple of decades. The city is plagued with violent gun crime, assassinations and drug-trafficking and nearly 50,000 people have died of crime-related violence in this city. The city has a high crime rate, particularly about the street thefts and robberies in areas adjacent to major tourist attractions and on the main beaches in the city. The high crime rate of the city made the city lose it Summer Olympics bid for the year 2016.
Afghanistan is the country that is located in the northwest of the Indian sub-continent and is bordered by Pakistan in the south and the east, Iran in the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. The country is regarded as the home to the biggest terrorist camp Taliban and the nation acted the battle ground for America’s war against Taliban. The most dangerous areas in Afghanistan lie towards the south and eastern parts of country where the militant activities and the flourishing drug trade are a common subject. Afghanistan is well known for heroine supply and up to 3 million people were involved in the illegal drug business in this country. The poor economy of the nation is one influencing factor in the countries crime rate. The country is one of the world’s poorest because of decades of war and lack of foreign investment. The literacy rate of this nation is quite low as the education system was destroyed due to the decades of war. The country has only 35 % of literacy rate which forces the youth of country to get involved in terror activities.
Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the country is a sovereign country in South Asia and is the sixth most populous country. The country was a result of separation from India in 1947 and in 1971 civil war the eastern Pakistan got separated as Bangladesh. Post-independence the history of the nation has been characterized by periods of military rule, political instability and conflicts with neighboring India. After America’s war against Taliban, Western Pakistan is becoming the new home to the Taliban militants. However, the changing political parties and military rules in the country, law and order have suffered a lot. This is why Pakistan’s leaders have failed to come to grips with what’s lurking in their country. Most recently, the most wanted terrorist of Taliban Osama Bin Laden was killed in his residence in Pakistan. The economic and political costs of the spreading militant violence have been huge, threatening to destabilize the country.
Officially known as the Syrian Arab Republic, the nation is located in the western Asia, bordered by Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south and Israel to the southwest. The country was ruled by the French troops in the beginning of the 1920′s. However, in 1936 Syria and France negotiated a treaty of independence and Hashim al-Atassi was elected as the first president of the modern republic of Syria. The nation was involved in the Arab-Israeli War, which attempted to prevent the establishment of the State of Israel. Syria the new constitution in the year 2012 and now is a semi-presidential republic nation. However, the ongoing war conditions in the country have made the nation a home for foreign al-Qaida terrorists from Afghanistan and neighboring countries. The United Nations has declared the nation as an unsafe place for tourists and journalists. Moreover the militants from neighboring countries like Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Chechnya come in the country, creating the atmosphere of threat as they battle for a democratic state but rather to establish a pan-Islamic theocracy.
Libya is country in the northern region of the African continent and is officially known as the State of Libya. The country is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. Libya was ruled by the Gaddaffi from 1969 to 2011 as the leader of the revolution for the nation. In February 2011, the nation experienced a full-scale revolt beginning which led to the establishment of National Transitional Council under the rebel control. On 23 October 2011, the nation the liberation of Libya was celebrated. However, at least 30,000 Libyans died in the civil war for this liberation. In the present times the nation is quite unsafe as it is arming the opposition in Syria and western countries has warned the nation for this. The high crime rate in the nation has certainly increased from the times of Gaddafi decree. Since the new formed government is not able to cope up with the high crime rate in nation, Libya becomes one of the unsafe countries to visit in upcoming years.
Mexico (Monterrey Ciudad Juarez)
Mexico is a federal constitutional republic in North America, which is also known as Untied States of Mexico. The nation is also regarded as the home to the runaway from the State of America. The state has a high crime rate and about 300,000 people have been killed in criminal activities. Ciudad Juarez, a developing city in Mexico was designated as the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones in the year 2009. Although, the city has the highest economic growth rate in country, the city also has much higher population growth which is the main cause of high crime rate. However, the criminal activity Juarez has increased dramatically since the rise of maquiladoras. One shocking report shows that the city has the highest murder rate in the world. There are various factors like drug violence, government corruption and poverty that have led up to such conditions in the city. Despite the large police forces posted in this city the crime rate in the city has not come to halt and thus makes it one of the dangerous places to visit.
Guatemala is a country in Central America and is officially known as the Republic of Guatemala. The country is bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. The country has unique ecosystem and beautiful beaches which makes it a popular tourist destination. However, there are frequent public demonstrations and protests in the state which can be dangerous for tourists. Crimes against travelers are part of the country’s high crime rate and include theft, robbery, carjacking and rape. Due to the high crime rate the police seem to be outnumbered by the criminals. Other crimes in the state are child stealing and organ harvesting, which has the maximum numbers in the continent. Most of these crimes take place when travelers interact with local people for directions and photographs. It is advisable that travelers should not carry valuables in this country as most Guatemalan criminals are violent and will not hesitate to cause harm.
El Salvador is located in Central America and is also known as Republic of The Savior. The country has borders to the Pacific Ocean on the south, and the countries of Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east. El Salvador is smallest nation in Central America and is the most densely populated country. In past few decades, the crime rate in the country has increased significantly. Today El Salvador experiences some of the highest murder rates in the world. The country is home to more than 100,000 inhabitants, which is cause of major gangs in the nation. There are an estimated 25,000 gang members at large in El Salvador with another 9,000 in prison. However, the recent programs against crime have made the crime rate drop to 40%.
Honduras is a republic in Central America and is officially known as Republic of Honduras. The country is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras. Honduras has the highest rate of intentional homicide in the world. The numbers are quite strange as they are next to El Salvador in rate of homicides. Political demonstrations and protests are pretty frequent in this nation and when these protests come down to roads, conflicts between police and people can become for innocent people. Many travels visiting nation have been the victims of a wide range of crimes, including murder, kidnapping, rape, assault, and property crimes. Most criminals have weapons, and most injuries and deaths during robberies result when victims resist. However, the Honduran law enforcement authorities ability to prevent, respond to, and investigate criminal incidents and prosecute criminals is limited.
Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America and is officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The country is regarded as the most violent places of Latin America. Armed robberies, carjacking and kidnappings are frequent crimes in this nation. The country has high rate of homicides, which has almost tripled in numbers in last decade. Caracas, the capital has the sixth greatest homicide rate of any large city in the world, which is the main cause of crime in nation. The slum areas have greater crime rate and the rate even increases during the dark hours. As a tourist, one should avoid using the public transportation as pick pocketing is quite prevalent in such areas. The country has also become a significant drug route as Colombian cocaine is trafficked to America through this country. Venezuela has been ranked one of the most corrupt countries in the world survey. Moreover, the murder numbers are quite disturbing in this nation as the country is among the top nations where the murder rate is highest.
Burundi is a landlocked country in the Eastern Africa and is officially known as the Republic of Burundi. The country has Bujumbura as the capital and bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The unsettled political violence remains as the biggest crime threat to the nation. Individuals wearing police or military uniforms commit many crimes in areas outside Bujumbura and sometimes within the city. Moreover, robbing and extorting money from Burundi’s population is one common way of making money for violent criminals, demobilized fighters and even for police and military. Thefts, highway robberies, and home invasions are most common crimes where the criminals are accompanied with weapons like AK-47s, grenades, knives, and machetes. White people are potential political targets in large public gatherings. Therefore, the U.S. government has declared it as one of the dangerous place to visit.