10 Most dangerous destinations to avoid

Posted by on April 12, 2013

When designing a holiday in a far away or exotic country you should always be aware of the dangers you might encounter because of terrorism, crime, or the Civil Wars. Here is a guide of the 10 most dangerous destinations in the world.

The three cities you must not visit

After the invasion of U.S. troops in Baghdad in 2003 over 650 thousand civilians have lost their lives and thousands of other people were injured. On the headlines of such news often also jumps Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in which there are an average of 120 murders per 100 thousand residents. 50% of the crimes that take place throughout the country are murders. Then there is Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, the most dangerous destination. The battles between the drug cartels and the poverty of the population have helped make the city notorious for the highest number of crimes and murders.

Baghdad aerial view

Baghdad aerial view

Ciudad Juarez

Ciudad Juarez

Caracas

Caracas

The Powder Keg African destinations to avoid

Another destination to avoid is Capetown of South Africa where in a year on average there are more than 71 thousand rapes, burglaries and almost 14 thousand robberies. In addition, in a day about 50 murders take place in South Africa, many of whom happen in Capetown. The situation is much more complex in Mogadishu, the most important city of Somalia ravaged by civil war. It is virtually impossible to get reliable statistics on the number of crimes and offenses in this city but the massacres that take place every day are decimating the population. Travel in this area is incredibly risky.

Capetown

Capetown

Mogadishu

Mogadishu

More than 50 murders a day at the most dangerous cities

On the tenth place in the rankings are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which in recent years has become much safer than in the past although the murder rate is much more similar to that of a war zone. High murder rate appears even in the civilized Detroit of the United States where every year on average 43.7 murders per 100 thousand take place. It has a lower number of murders but the rising tide of terrorism has made even Karachi, Pakistan one of the most dangerous places on the planet. You should try to avoid it because often people taken by Chechen terrorists and Grozny is often hit by deadly suicide bombings. In sixth place of the ranking are New Orleans, the city of the southern United States affected by Hurricane Katrina a few years ago where every year, according to FBI estimates, occur 52 murders per 100 thousand crimes.

Rio de Janeiro Slums

Rio de Janeiro Slums

Detroit

Detroit

Dangerous Destinations photos: arifmemon, NAMsawaf, hanneorla, Danish Refugee Council, Good Hope MCC, Superaguacate, Camera Service roma, Salwan alabdaly.

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