The Afghan Civil War began in 2001 and is going on as we speak. The war followed the September 11 attacks, and its public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and denying it a safe basis of operation in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. As of 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the war.
4. South Sudan
South Sudan became an independent state, the country has suffered ever since from internal conflicts. Rival nomadic conflicts has been fought between these rival nomadic tribes. They have resulted in a large number of casualties and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
The Iraq war lasted for no less than nine years and left its scars on the nation. It officially ended in December 2011 but the country has been threshing about conflicts up to present.
The Somali war has been on since 1991 and it still hasn’t stopped. This war has already seen the demise of hundreds upon thousands of people. It grew out of resistance to the Siad Barre regime during the 1980s but in the course of time, many different factions, armed rebel groups and clan-based armed organizations have joined the conflict, competing for influence in the country.
Sudan has always faced innumerable hardships. For the most of time, the nation has suffered from rampant ethnic strife and has been plagued by internal conflicts including two civil wars and the War in the Darfur region. Sudan suffers from poor human rights most particularly dealing with the issues of ethnic cleansing and slavery in the nation. The Sudanese legal system is based on stringent Islamic law (Sharia or Shariat).
10. Central African Republic
This country gained independence from France in 1960. What followed was nothing short of a nightmare. Autocratic rulers have ruled the country ever since. The first multi-party democratic elections were held in 1993 when Ange-Félix Patassé was elected the president. The good times did not last. It was in 2004 that the Central African Republic Bush War began.
11. Democratic Republic of Congo
The country’s super rich natural resources have been able to do precious little. Political instability, a lack of infrastructure and a culture of corruption have historically limited development, extraction and exploitation efforts. In 1996 began the Congolese Civil war and there still isn’t any end in sight. They ultimately involved nine African nations, multiple groups of UN peacekeepers and twenty armed groups. The wars resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people since 1998 with more than 90% of those deaths resulting from malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition, aggravated by displaced, unsanitary and over-crowded living conditions.
After its independence, the country’s history speaks of periods of military rule, political instability and conflicts with neighboring India. The country continues to face challenging problems, including overpopulation, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, corruption and it ranks among the countries with the most income inequality.
14. North Korea
North Korea is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world. The population is strictly managed by the state and all aspects of daily life are subordinated to party and state planning. There are reports of severe restrictions on the freedom of association, expression and movement, arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment resulting in death, and executions.
Russia ranks among the most dangerous countries because of its exceptionally high crime rate. In 2011, Russia was rated among the leaders in homicide by the United Nations. The common crimes in Russia include drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, extortion, murder for hire, fraud and more.
The government generates vast revenues from the mining of petroleum but it still faces a lot of societal issues. Government officials at each and every level of administration are highly corrupt. Rape, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners, detainees and suspects are common. Furthermore, human trafficking; societal violence and vigilante killings; child labor, child abuse and child sexual exploitation; female genital mutilation, domestic violence; discrimination based on sex, ethnicity, region and religion are all rampant within this country.
As is the case with almost every Latin American nation, Colombia too has evolved as a highly segregated society, split between the traditionally rich families of Spanish descent and the vast majority of poor Colombians, many of whom are of mixed race. Various armed groups have emerged due to this solitary reason. These groups have been involved in drug-trafficking, murders, kidnapping and other crimes.
Israel is the most developed middle east country. The standard of living of the people is in obvious accordance. However, it is far from a place you would want to live in. The main reason of the safety instability is the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It is an ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century and lasts till present. Recently, the fights that are fought mainly in the Gaza region, have escalated again.
The country’s deteriorating economy has made it a hotbed of crimes of every type. Although the majority of crimes in Zimbabwe are non-violent, perpetrators are generally armed with weapons, which can include firearms. A number of American visitors have been assaulted or robbed while walking in the town of Victoria Falls, especially after dark. Another popular crime committed in Zimbabwe is the “smash and grab,” in which thieves break the windows of cars stopped at intersections and take items from inside the car.
23. Mexico City
The fact that it is located in a volcanic crater surrounded by mountains only compounds Mexico City’s already troublesome pollution problem by trapping a thick layer of smog that hover over the city. (It has been a burning issue for quite some time now).
25. Rondonia, Brazil
Rondonia has been subjected to extensive deforestation in recent years and is now one of the most destroyed regions of the Amazon Rainforest. It however, isn’t polluted in the same sense as are other places in this list.
26. Baku, Azerbaijan
Long an oil hub, Azerbaijan’s capital suffers from extensive pollution as a result of shipping and drilling.
28. Sukinda, India
With more than a dozen mines operating in the regions without any significant level of regulation, the this Indian city has been listed as one of the most polluted in the world by the Blacksmith Institute.
29. Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan
Mailuu-Suu happens to be one of the largest dumps of radioactive waste in all of Asia. It is heavily contaminated. There are a series of unstable uranium tailing pits in the hills surrounding the city. Were these pits were to empty the result would be disastrous.
It has the misfortune of being one of the poorest and the most corrupt countries in the world. Most inhabitants live in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers. Political violence has plagued the country for long as have repeated attempts for a coup. The political instability and devastating poverty have resulted in rapid criminality and corruption increase.
The unrest in Eastern and Southern Ukraine started in Feb. 2014. It has been drawing the world’s attention ever since then. Protests in Donetsk and Luhansk have escalated into an armed separatist insurgency leading the Ukrainian government to launch a military counter-offensive against the insurgents. The conflicts have already claimed thousands of casualties.
34. Ivory Coast
The country has been affected by civil wars that broke out in 2002 and 2010. The Second Ivorian Civil War escalated into full-scale military conflict between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the President of Ivory Coast since 2000, and supporters of the internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara. International organizations have reported numerous instances of human rights violations by both sides.
Ethiopia has been and currently is witnessing a lot of criminal and political violence. There’s no end to the injuries and violence. Pick-pocketing, “snatch and run” thefts from occupied vehicles, and other petty crimes are common in this country. Moreover there have also been cases of beatings, stabbings and kidnapping of expatriates and foreigners.
Crime has become Mexico’s worst nightmare. The Mexican drug trafficking cartels play a major role in smuggling Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana between Latin America and North America. Consequently, drug trafficking and organized crime have been a major source of violent crimes in Mexico.