The world can be a wonderful place, but it can also be hostile and insecure. There are countries where violence and insecurity are very present.
Each year, the Institute for Economics and Peace establishes the Global Peace Index, which it intends to publish which are the most dangerous and least safe countries in the world according to 22 indicators: Number of internal and external conflicts, political insecurity, terrorist activity, number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, etc.
Which are the least secure countries in the world?
Among the 162 countries studied by this institution. Below we show you the 25 most uncertain states in the world.
The American country has high crime rates, And this region has become a strategic location for drug trafficking arriving in the United States of Latin America. Over the past 15 years, notable cases of theft, kidnapping and homicide have been recorded in the country, and according to data from the National Public Security System, it was reported that in 2016, 20,189 people in total were killed.
Ethiopia has high levels of criminal and political violence which has resulted in many injuries and deaths. Occupied vehicle theft, wallet extraction and other crimes are common in this country. Street violence is common and kidnappings of foreigners have sometimes been reported.
23. Ivory Coast
Côte d’Ivoire has suffered two civil wars that began in 2002 and 2010. The country’s second civil war turned into a large-scale military conflict between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, President of Côte d’Ivoire since 2000, and supporters of internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara. International organizations have denounced numerous cases of human rights violations by both parties.
Ukraine has experienced a number of conflicts in recent years, since February 2014, particularly in the south of the country. The protests in Donetsk and Lugansk turned into an armed separatist insurgency which led the Ukrainian government to launch a military counteroffensive against the insurgents. These conflicts have claimed thousands of lives and made the country one of the 25 most dangerous countries in the world.
Chad is considered one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world; and many people in this country live in extreme poverty. Its political instability has provoked violence in the streets and led to numerous coup attempts. This country lives plunged into crime and corruption.
Egypt has also experienced difficult times in recent years, particularly in 2012, Against the then president Mohamed Mursi. The political demonstrations gave rise to violent clashes with dozens of deaths and hundreds of injured. In addition, in this country there is continued Christian persecution and discrimination on many levels.
India is a country plunged into the challenges of poverty, Corruption, malnutrition, inadequate public health and terrorism. Crime is also a major problem, as crimes against women, domestic violence, drug and arms trafficking are a reality.
This West African country has suffered from political instability for decadesMore precisely since its independence in 1974. Poverty in Guinea Bissau is considerable and the country also suffers from a high crime rate. Murder and human trafficking are among the most common criminal acts.
The war in Syria has also affected Lebanon. Lebanese Sunni Muslims mainly support the rebels in Syria, while the Shiites there have largely supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Murders, riots and kidnappings of foreign nationals throughout Lebanon are rife.
Yemen suffered 11 civil wars and social unrest. The country lives plunged into poverty, unemployment, corruption. The government and its security forces are responsible for torture, inhuman treatment and extrajudicial killings. Freedom of speech, the press and religion are restricted, homosexuality is illegal, punishable by death.
The African continent lives in permanent conflict, as evidenced by many countries including Zimbabwe. The country’s economy is severely damaged, impacting social dilemmas. Firearms disputes and acts of violence are the order of the day.
Israel suffers from many conflicts largely because of its location in relation to Palestine. Being in a conflict zone in the Middle East, armed conflict is common. The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-twentieth century and the Holy Land lives in constant tension, especially in the Gaza Strip.
Inequality is a constant in Colombia, where, according to the United Nations (UN) Human Development Index, The richest 10% of the country’s population earn four times as much as the poorest 40%. The Andean country is considered one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America, although other rankings consider Honduras less safe territory than Colombia.
Nigeria suffers both economically and socially, with ongoing conflicts and human rights violations. His government is notorious for corruption, where public officials take advantage of their offices to line their pockets. Rape and gender discrimination are common.
Russia has a high crime rate. It is a country known for its mafia groups, extortion, drug trafficking, murderers, kidnappings and money laundering. According to the UN, the Russian Federation is one of the leading countries in terms of homicides committed by the United Nations.
10. North Korea
North Korea frequently appears in the media to experience dictatorship at the hands of Kim Jong-un. Amnesty International has repeatedly denounced the restrictions on freedom and human rights suffered by the population of this country. Arbitrary detentions, torture and other ill-treatment leading to death and executions are not uncommon in this Asian country.
Pakistan is considered to be one of the countries with a high number of terrorists. In fact, the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, in terms of terrorist acts, is only overtaken by the Syria-Iraq area. In addition, political instability, overpopulation, poverty, illiteracy or corruption make this country one of the most precarious countries on the planet.
8. Democratic Republic of the Congo
A politically unstable country, but like many African states, is rich in natural resources. Corruption and exploitation as well as the extraction and exploitation of resources are rampant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflicts of war have been frequent over the past two decades, killing more than 5.4 million people and causing diseases such as malaria.
7. Central African Republic
Another African country on the list which, especially after gaining independence from France in the 1960s, he lived through different dictatorships. The first democratic multiparty elections were held in 1993, when Ange-Félix Patassé was elected president. There are serious clashes between Muslim and Christian factions.
Wars have marked the history of Sudan, especially its civil wars and the war in the Darfur region.. Human rights are ignored in this country, and ethnic cleansing and slavery occur. Its Sudanese legal system is governed by Islamic law.
Somalia is experiencing an internal conflict that began in 1991 and is still active today.. The war has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives so far, and they continue to add rebel troops, especially Islamists.
Iraq is one of the most devastated countries in the war world, Which officially ended in 2011; however, conflicts persist and, at the political level, instability is a reality. The self-proclaimed Islamic State continues to expand in this region, where there have been major wars like those in Mosul or Tikrit.
3. South Sudan
South Sudan is a different country from Sudan, which became independent in 2011. This region has suffered from internal strife for decades, and ethnic violence is the usual tonic. The result was many casualties.
The conflicts in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, are known around the world. NATO and its allies were involved in the country’s civil war, which erupted after the September 11 attacks. The victims number in the tens of thousands.
Syria is the most dangerous country in the world today due to the living armed conflict that began in 2011With protests within the government of Bas al-Assad, the forces responded with violent repression. It is estimated that over 200,000 civilians have already died.