Terrorism, global conflicts, increasing poverty and inequality have all contributed to increasing insecurity in the world during last year. According to Global Peace Index, the world was a more dangerous place in 2016 that it was in 2015. The GPI report measures safety index in 163 countries across the world, and rates how safe – or unsafe – they are using 23 indicators.
We present you with the list of most dangerous countries in the world in 2016.
Libya has been in the state of near-lawlessness since the outbreak of the Libyan Civil War in 2011 that resulted in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country for more than forty years. As the result of an ongoing conflict, Libya is divided between several rival factions. The country is engulfed by sectarian violence and radical Islamic groups who seek to establish a strict Islamic regime.
A succession of civil wars has been raging in Sudan for almost 40 years. Despite the fact Sudan has a rich culture, many natural landmarks and ancient monuments, it remains an extremely dangerous place to visit. The country’s authoritarian regime has been accused of numerous human rights violations, poverty is common and the conflict in Darfur has ravaged parts of the country.
2014 Ukrainian Revolution and the overthrow of country’s democratically elected President have plunged Ukraine into a spiral of violence. The conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the East has killed nearly 10,000 people and ravaged Ukraine’s industrial heartland. Ukraine has also suffered a dramatic fall in living standard as a result of conflict, corruption and insecurity.
7. Central African Republic
Similarly to most other countries on this list, Central African Republic is affected by years of civil war between various Christian and Muslim groups. Despite it being rich in natural resources, the country remains one of the poorest in the world.
A country in the south of the Arabian peninsula, Yemen has seen years of conflict and upheaval. A raging civil war between rebel groups, the government and the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by US, UK and France, has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians. ISIS and Al-Qaeda control large portions of the country’s territory.
Somalia is regularly listed as one of the poorest countries in the world. The collapse of central government authority, presence of Islamic terrorists groups, famine, piracy and deathly fighting contributed to Somalia being one of the least safe countries in the world. There are many reasons why Somalia should be avoided as your travel destination.
Even since the US-led coalition invaded Afghanistan in 2001, this landlocked country on the crossroads between Central, Southern and Eastern Asia has seen nothing but warfare and violence. Terrorists attacks are almost a daily occurrence, while 36 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line.
Once the seat of several powerful ancient Middle Eastern Empires, Iraq has witnessed only conflict during recent decades. Currently, the government in Baghdad is fighting to restore full control over the country’s territory from ISIS and other Islamist groups. ISIS still controls parts of Iraq’s second largest city – Mosul, as well as other cities and towns in Northern and Northeastern Iraq. Constant threat of terror attacks across the country adds to the general climate of insecurity in Iraq.
2. South Sudan
As one of the world’s youngest countries, Sudan Sudan is fighting a rebel insurgency and famine. Since it gained independence in 2011, South Sudan has been torn by civil war between the government and rebel forces who seek to overthrow the regime. South Sudan is also one of the poorest countries in the world. A famine has affected more than 100,000 people as the ongoing civil war has caused severe disruption in food supply.
Syria making it to the top of this list should be no surprise. During previous decades, Syria has been one of the more progressive countries in the Arab world, as its regime generally respected the rights of country’s religious minorities. The Syrian Civil War, ongoing since 2011, has ravaged the country and turned into a conflict of global significance.
Visiting Syria today is something only the bravest should consider.
Source: Atlas and Boots