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The World's 3 Most Dangerous Countries

The world is dangerous. The U.S. State Department has travel warnings for 38 countries, and the worst of the worst go far beyond lost baggage fears. With fears about everything from pirates to turf wars to keep tourists from traveling, here are the three most dangerous countries in the world.

3. Somalia

Source: Wikimedia Commons, Aljouf. Al Shabaab attack on United Nations in June 2013. 

If Somalia were stable enough to keep statistics, they would be shocking. The United Kingdom Department for International Development calls it "the most fragile state in the world." Understandably, considering it hasn't had a functioning government for more than 20 years.

Most infamously known for its oil tanker-taking pirates, there's plenty of trouble brewing back at port. The country serves as a terrorist training ground for Al-Shabaab, a group that killed 74 people in Uganda as spectators watched the 2010 World Cup Final, and recently slaughtered 67 people in a Nairobi shopping mall.

Al-Shabaab banned smartphones in its operation areas earlier this year to make drone strikes more difficult, and last week the group demanded that all telecom companies cut off Internet in the country in the next 15 days, or face serious consequences.

It ties for most corrupt country on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, and just managed to squeak past Afghanistan's last place spot on the Global Peace Index from Vision of Humanity.

2. Syria

Source: WikiMedia Commons, U.S. Military. A Syrian soldier. 

Syria is in turmoil. While Somalia is in a semi-permanent state of unrest, Syria has been catapulted into catastrophe for the last three years as rebel fighters have attempted to overthrow the oppressive President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign nations have taken sides, making one of the world's most dangerous countries a potential catalyst for an entirely more dangerous world, in general. With the United States and its allies loosely rooting for rebellion while China and Russia back Bashar, violence in Syria has taken on international significance.

So far, 120,000 people have been killed since the rebellion began, and not even multilateral organizations are safe. Twelve United Nations staffers have been killed in the violence, and five Doctors Without Borders staffers were pulled from their house two weeks ago, "allegedly for questioning," according to spokesman Michael Goldfarb, as quoted by media.

1. Honduras

Source: Wikimedia Commons, Yamil Gonzales 

Honduras doesn't need a war to claim the terrible title of most dangerous country in the world. It has the highest homicide rate of any country.

As a Honduran, you have nearly a one-in-1,000 chance of being murdered. With a population roughly equal to Virginia's, 36 Hondurans were kidnapped, 7,104 became homicide victims, and 24,808 were robbed in 2011 (most recent data). With only 3,645 assaults for the same period, you're more likely to be killed than hurt.

Honduras' horrible situation stems from the coca plant. The Latin American country serves as a key staging ground for cocaine shipments to the U.S, and drug gangs will do anything to defend their turf. Eighty percent of the "white snow" that Americans smoke, snort, or shoot up heads through Honduras.

With money, guns, and power, drug gangs thrive on civil unrest and political inertia. In November, gunmen even attempted to kidnap the daughter of the country's former president. One Honduran woman's brief statement to The Telegraph perhaps says it best: "The gangs are watching us all the time and we know that after the military police leave, they will still be here."

The Future of the World's Most Dangerous Countries
Somalia, Syria, and Honduras have felt their fair share of defeat. But the actions of their own citizens, international organizations, and foreign governments show that danger doesn't go ignored. Traveling to these countries is a risk today, but with a universal refusal to allow these atrocities to continue, they may one day be top tourist destinations.

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  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2014, at 8:37 PM, nunyabiz wrote:

    sounds like Honduras would benefit from an overdose of herbicide,killing all the coco plants.

  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2014, at 9:18 PM, pauldeba wrote:

    Its coca, not "coco", and they don't grow there, they must grow high in the Andes in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 1:40 AM, Ficksache wrote:

    1. USSA aka Amerikhastana

    2. Britain

    3. China

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 7:50 AM, dmossi wrote:

    Give me a break! Honduras is not a war zone. You really should get your facts straigth. Honduras has its share of problems, but not to be compared to a war zone, much less to fragile states like Somalia and Syria. This is just plain wrong.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 9:48 AM, Bitik wrote:

    What Honduras? Had you totally forgotten Yemen - the land of pirates, terrorists and kidnappers?

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 10:14 AM, hoss377 wrote:

    Having been to the mainland,and Roatan several times,i have to say it's not that dangerous.They would profit from our military presence like in the early 80's.But i never felt unsafe,not like in Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 10:35 AM, josez wrote:

    Wow, sure was shock to see Honduras in the #1 spot. Surely reading articles of violence from other sources will get you thinking the wrong Idea since people wont read anything that ain't shocking anymore. Ive been residing here in Honduras for the last 7years and know well others from other countries who do as well. And they surely keep coming back. Sure like any other countries they have their troubles and organized crime. And like I would tell anybody here or the states "if your doing the right thing you have nothing to fear" Only people that get into trouble here in Honduras are those who are causing it. That is true for any part of the world you might travel to...

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 1:50 PM, thetruth2014 wrote:

    I smell something here. What about Afghanistan and Pakistan and their mother parent USA

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 2:18 PM, cityperson wrote:

    You misssed Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Philly and parts of LA.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 3:21 PM, invmrb wrote:

    It's important to be safe in any country and in any city. Everyone should have a plan of escape during an attack, natural disaster, etc. Check out this link

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 6:55 PM, AnselmoJones wrote:

    Venezuela is not on the list?????? WTF!

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 7:38 PM, Ribak wrote:

    Hello! Where is Egypt and Lebanon?

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 8:53 PM, ferd2000 wrote:

    To include Honduras in this list is wrong. Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, but those numbers are true stats. How many countries are in such a deteriorated state that are not even able to produce this statistics, like the Democratic Republic of Congo, or flat out lie, like Venezuela?

  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2014, at 12:27 AM, pinkey wrote:

    You can add Kansas city Kansas ( Wyandot county) and East St. Louis to the list.

  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2014, at 1:46 AM, thammy wrote:

    This is ridiculous...Venezuela is far more dangerous than Honduras and Syria together.

  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2014, at 7:27 AM, kan480 wrote:

    The people are too stupid to respect each other.

  • Report this Comment On May 09, 2014, at 4:46 PM, Pentagon wrote:

    Honduras is a terrible place to visit. These crimes are getting worse and worse. The government is corrupted and many criminals are set free. The main reason for the high murder and kidnap rate in Honduras is what the article stated. The drugs coming from South America and mainly Colombia have contributed to the GREED and MURDER high rate in that country. I guess many hondurenos want easy money quickly and care less how they get it.

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