Saturday, January 19, 2013

5 Most Dangerous Countries to Travel

Here are the list of nations which are considered most dangerous as per any standards.

5) South Africa :

South Africa, hosting the soccer World Cup and brimful of tourists, must seem like heaven to criminals. This country has been described as the ‘rape capital of the world’, with 118.3 rapes per 100,000 people. Not only is the high incidence of rape bad news for visitors, but there's also an incredibly high murder rate. This country consistently has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. While most crime occurs in poor areas, gated communities have been appearing all over the country, and armed guards regularly protect the wealthier tourist groups. Farming here has become one of the most dangerous jobs on earth, as murder rates for farmers are about 8 times higher than the national average. With over 10 million people infected with HIV, safe sex is also a good idea. A beautiful place to visit, but be on your guard.


4) Brazil :

If you travel to Brazil you are likely to get mugged, because anyone who looks like a tourist is a target. Desperate poverty lies alongside great wealth in this country. Economic growth has widened the gap between rich and poor and made crime rates soar. Street crime is rampant in parts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and it is common for tourists to have their lives threatened for their valuables. 


  3) Colombia :

Colombia is a truly lawless state, and the world capital for kidnappings. There were 2,338 in 1998. Of these 138 were killed by their kidnappers. Fourth in the world for murder rates with 69.98 per 100,000 people in 2006, many of those killed were local mayors, dozens being killed every year. And of course, Colombia supplies 75% of the worlds supply of cocaine. Paramilitary groups wage continuous war on the government. Even charity workers are not safe from attack. In 2005, 5 Catholic missionaries were murdered, nine in 1999. Colombia should be a tourist paradise, but is instead among the most lawless and feared places to visit on earth.  


2) Afghanistan :

Afghanistan is a war-torn country in which the Taliban still have much power. Many political experts believe that it is still a main base for Al Qaeda terrorists. It also emerged as the most dangerous country for women.This nation has for hundreds of years, been one of the worlds most strategically important and lusted after territories. However it remains one of the poorest, undeveloped and unstable. During the Soviet invasion, the Red Army planted more than 12 million landmines in Afghanistan. Hundreds of people are killed, shredded, and maimed each year due to these insidious devices. Following the Soviets came the Taliban, whose control meant women were banned from jobs and universities. In 2001, the United States overthrew the Taliban, but banditry, tribal rivalries and drug related violence has left the nation unstable. Suicide bombings are a constant threat, and nobody in Afghanistan is safe. The most lethal suicide attack occurred in Baghlan Province in November 2007, killing more than 70 people.

1) Somalia :

Somalia is an extremely poor state that is well known for anarchy, corruption, lack of government and starvation. Travelers are warned against going there, and for excellent reasons. The self-proclaimed “Independent Republic of Somaliland” is as lawless as it is possible to be. Pirates patrol the waters around the coastline armed with AK-47s and regularly seize craft and hold crews to ransom. Thousands have been killed in the north of the country due to rivalry between criminal factions, while the capital, Mogadishu, is carved up between clans and warlords. Not even well armed US Marine forces are willing to go there. Add ethnic cleansing of 'undesirable elements' to the mix, and you can clearly appreciate why this really is a country where you as a tourist will have to keep your eyes open 100% of the time.


  1. Nice info! I wonder still there are pple who travel to Afghanistan for holidays :P

    1. May be, but certainly not to Somalia.

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