Every year organizations are putting out new lists pertaining to the top 10 most dangerous countries, cities, and regions. As one resident of the Earth out of a billion, you most likely assume that the world is mostly safe and that as long as you do not associate yourself with trouble or troublesome people, you will remain safe throughout the entirety of your life. Although this is mostly true, there are countries on planet Earth that would test your security and stability, even if you attempted to avoid trouble at all costs. In these areas, there is danger at every corner waiting to attack you as soon as you let your guard down. Below is a list of the 10 most dangerous countries as of the year 2014.
Civil conflict is one of the most concerning situations in Syria and it has forced this country to be on the list of the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world. The amount of casualties due to the civil conflicts has totaled more than 60,000 deaths and considering that no one can be 100% on an accurate amount, that is a relatively conservative estimate. After being repressed by Bashar al Assad, the residents of Syria has experienced an ample amount of political freedom and have begun expressing their displeasure. In result of these events, individuals have since been executed and have mysteriously disappeared. With that being said, no one in the country is safe, regardless of your age, gender, or occupation.
As soon as someone mentions “Iraq” the majority of individuals immediately associate it with danger. The reputation of Iraq has consistently been on a decline as it is commonly associated with terrorists and war. Although the United States has been working diligently to restore order and peace in Iraq, there is still an ample amount of work to do until the country is considered even a little safe. After the death of Saddam Hussein, residents of Iraq have been in a feverish frenzy looking to start conflict with other countries in order to seek revenge for their fallen leader. With the ample amount of terrorists and rebels that emerge from Iraq, it is easily one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Although Somalia is encompassed in beautiful views and is placed in a breathtaking location, you would not want to book a vacation in this country. Commonly known as the birthplace of pirates, Somalia is home to an ample amount of dangerous individuals. Not only do the residents of Somalia consistently involve themselves in outside conflicts, they have also been dealing with internal civil conflicts since the 1990 civil war. One of the largest issues associated with Somalia is that they have yet to establish a proper governmental system, meaning warlords and militias essentially rule the country.
Afghanistan is commonly referred to as the home of many terrorists and is believed to be the home country of Al-Qaeda, the most infamous terrorist organization in the world. This country has experienced an ample amount of dangerous conflicts ranging from suicide bombers to battles against NATO forces. If you find that you are in Afghanistan, you will never be able to know whether the person next to you is concealing enough explosive to eradicate the entire block.
5. Sudan and South Sudan
The majority of conflict within Sudan and South Sudan is internal as South Sudan is a primarily Christian country whereas Sudan is primarily Islamic. With that being said, these two religions do not have the best history of getting along. Although South Sudan worked diligently to become its own independent country, the clashes still exist. Not only do the countries have consistent conflicts, individual tribes within each country also experience conflicts. Unfortunately, many residents of Sudan and South Sudan flee their countries and apply for refugee status elsewhere.
As an extremely popular tourist country, the majority of individuals wouldn’t see Brazil as a dangerous country, which is a rookie mistake. Brazil, although it is comprised of beautiful beaches and breathtaking views, has an incredibly high crime rate that includes kidnappings, robberies, and drug running. With the popularity of its football (soccer) and its beautiful models that have emerged from its cities, the majority of tourists choose to ignore the dangers that are associated with Brazil. With the country being the host of the 2016 summer Olympics, the country hopes to lower its crime rate to make it safe for all visitors.
As another popular country for tourists, Mexico is known for its ample amount of beaches and touristy attractions, but it is also well-known for its kidnappings, cartel activity, and other illicit activities. Thousands of individuals visit Mexico each year, but with that being said, there are still many individuals that are held for ransom or mysteriously disappear and are never found again. Mexico is unfortunately plagued by trafficking activities and an extremely prevalent drug industry. Although the majority of these drug-related crimes occur in specific areas such as Tijuana and Nogales, they can occur at any point in time and in any location.
Pakistan is infamous for its terrorist activity with both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, not to mention their ample amount of nuclear programs and the radical Islamic population. Although there are some parts of the country that are in constant control of the government, others in the country do not agree with the rules set in place by the government. There are many individuals who advise residents and tourists alike to remain in their homes after dark as there is an extremely high crime rate on the streets of Pakistan.
9. North Korea
As one of the most infamously dangerous countries in the world, North Korea has been a topic of discussion over the past few years. North Korea is closed off to tourists, deterring visitors from their country. If you are a resident of North Korea, you may face death in a numerous amount of ways for a numerous amount of reasons. The two most common issues in this country are malnutrition and poverty, but residents must always abide by the rules of their government and they are monitored on a 24/7 basis via intercoms in their houses.
An example of the danger posed by North Korea is when a high ranking official was executed for drinking after the death of Kim Jong-II. Any residents who were seen not showing excessive signs of mourning were immediately sentenced to 6 months of physical labor in a labor camp set up by the country.
It is also important to note that North Korea has always refused to agree with international advisements amount conducting nuclear tests. They have recently threatened the United States and refuse to take China’s advisements of restraint into account.
Colombia is mostly known for its kidnappings and drug-related crimes but it is also known to be one of the most beautiful countries in the entire world. With over 2,338 kidnappings in 1998, Colombia is known as the kidnapping capital of the world. This country is also home to 70 murders out of 100,000 people as of the year 2006. With the combination of drug-related incidents, kidnappings and anti-government rallies, safety in Colombia is unheard of.
There are plenty of countries in the world that will threaten the safety of visitors and even their residents. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic location in the world, use this guide to deter you from the most dangerous countries on planet Earth.