Thursday, February 08, 2007

10 Most Dangerous Destinations

No 1. Somalia

iJet: 5
Control Risks: Extreme security and travel risk



The U.S. doesn't have an embassy in Somalia, putting American citizens who travel there out of reach of U.S. assistance. Somalia's federal government recently retook control of much of the country from the Union of Islamic Courts, but this could mean less stability ahead, not more. Interclan fighting and attacks on foreigners are frequent, as are abductions.


No 2. Iraq

iJet: 5
Control Risks: Extreme security, terrorism and travel risk




No region of Iraq is safe for visitors, not even Baghdad’s well-fortified Green Zone. The U.S.-led occupation has not tamed the insurgency, which is most concentrated in the central region that stretches from Tikrit in the north to Hillah in the south. Various criminal gangs and international terrorists are also active in Iraq and civilians die daily in attacks.


No 3. Afghanistan

iJet: 5
Control Risks: Extreme security, terrorism and travel risk




Travelers face the ongoing threat of kidnapping and assassination in Afghanistan, especially outside of Kabul. Former Taliban and al-Qaida operatives remain at large, and attacks with improvised explosive devices are on the rise. Large areas of the country are heavily land-mined or strewn with unexploded ordnance.




No 4. Democratic Republic of Congo

iJet: 5
Control Risks: High security and travel risk; extreme security and travel risk in northeast



The civil war has ended and the country held presidential elections last year, but dangers persist. Crime levels are high in the main cities, and strife continues in certain regions, especially the northeastern Ituri district and the provinces of North and South Kivu. U.N. observer forces, located around the country, are unable to prevent pillaging, carjackings, murders, rapes and kidnappings.


No 5. Côte d’Ivoire

iJet: 5
Control Risks: High security and travel risk; extreme security and travel risk in rebel-held north and near western border




Though a 2002 uprising supposedly ended in 2003, the north of the country remains under the control of armed rebels, and sporadic fighting has taken place in Abidjan, the commercial capital. The overall security situation remains potentially volatile, according to the State Department. Control Risks says that the rebellion exacerbated a rise in violent crime, including carjackings and armed robbery.



No 6. Pakistan

iJet: 4
Control Risks: High security and terrorism risk; extreme security and travel risk in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan



Domestic Islamic extremist groups, most of which are tied to al-Qaida, pose a serious risk to foreign companies and their workers. Car bombs, gun and grenade attacks and suicide bombings are aimed at Western targets, domestic politicians and local religious minorities and have frequently killed civilians. The capital, Islamabad, and tribal areas bordering Afghanistan are particularly dangerous.


No 7. Burundi

iJet: 4
Control Risks: High security and travel risk; extreme security and travel risk in provinces of Cibitoke, Bubanza and Bujumbura Rural




Because of poor security, few foreign workers remain in Burundi. A civil war that began in 1993 is ongoing, with rebel factions engaging in intense fighting with government forces. The parties agreed to a September 2006 ceasefire, but many of its provisions have not been implemented, and the rebels remain able to attack the capital, Bujumbura.


No 8. Sri Lanka

iJet: 4
Control Risks: Extreme security and travel risk and a high terrorism risk in Tamil-majority north and east; medium security, terrorism and travel risk in remainder of country




Lush tropical beauty once made Sri Lanka a popular holiday destination, but a ceasefire between the government and the separatist Tamil Tigers broke down last year, making the country a new addition to our danger list. While foreigners are not directly targeted, the risk of becoming collateral damage is rising in the north and northeast.


No 9. Haiti

iJet: 5
Control Risks: High security and travel risk




There is no effective police force in Haiti, where the State Department calls the danger of kidnappings “chronic and growing.” General elections in February 2006 brought about some political stability, aided by the presence of 8,000 U.N. peacekeeping troops. But violence persists, says Control Risks, thanks in part to the proliferation of firearms, an inefficient judiciary and police corruption.




No 10. Lebanon

iJet: 5
Control Risks: High risk in at least one category and region




Hostilities with Israel ended last August, but political tensions within Lebanon have been on the rise. The armed Shiite group Hezbollah (also a political party in Lebanon) maintains a strong presence in many areas, and other extremist groups are active in Tripoli, Sidon and Palestinian refugee camps. In the south, the danger of encountering land mines and unexploded ordnance is significant.


By Elisabeth Eaves

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

HMMMM, and exactly how many of these countries are predominately Islamic. Not that there is anything inherently violent about the muslim "faith". Kinda makes you wonder though.

Allen said...

so sence when does the GOV of the U.S.A help out travelers much less the embassy !!!

and does that mean Brasil and Vensula are 11 -12 for what goes on to travelers in thoes 2 christan countries by there so called goverments

Anonymous said...

Indeed... how many of these countries are predominatly Islamic??... hardly most of them.

Anonymous said...

Why does a blog in English use the French name for Ivory Coast? Don't be a lemming... stick with English or switch to all French, but don't follow the lead of the Ivorian government.

Anonymous said...

really now. . . perhaps one would do well to consider confounding factors before insinuating a connection between islam and violence. If you need some examples going the other way, Lebanon has a large christian population, ETA and the IRA are avowed chatholics, and, the Maoist rebels doing a number on Nepal are buddihst, and I'm fairly sure the separatists in Sri Lanka are Hindi. Oh yes, and Burindi, the Ivory Coast, and the DRC are largely evangelical christians. And then there's Haiti, somewhat Christian, mostly 'local.' It's called political crisis, poverty, and lots of guns. Not islam. Do your homework.

Anonymous said...

uhhhh, pakistan, afghanistan, iraq, possibly somalia although that war's not really about that, uhhhhhhhhhhhh 4 out of 10 ain't bad.

Anonymous said...

does seem convenient that the countries listed are african nations or arabic nations... don't believe that is a coincidence... keep the americans scared by "reminding" them of what a threat looks like.... horrible...

Anonymous said...

Islam is a religion of peace. It is of course absolute coincidence that the large majority of the most dangerous places on Earth are Islamic areas. Just because most of what is heard of the Islamic faith is terrorism and violence does not mean Islam is violent. How silly to think otherwise.

Anonymous said...

HMMMMMM, and exactly how many of these countries had undergone hundreds of years of subjugation and exploitation by predominately christian imperialism, Not that there is anything inherently imperialistic about christian "faith". Kinda makes you wonder though.


touche pussycat...touche

Anonymous said...

Yes.... and you invading Iraq really made things right didn´t it?

Anonymous said...

lack or destruction of infrastructure, rage from injustice, lack of education, no knowledge of religion as ethical help but seen as the only truth, left alone some hundred years in the past and can you people answer how to get to them the mental understading of the life and culture of the golden billion ? You have to live it to be it.

Anonymous said...

what about Europe in the 19th century and are the Europeans not christian. do I have to talk about 1 and 2 world war??

Anonymous said...

Oh give it up
Christianity was spread via violence, in case you missed that part of history

Sigfus said...

A very interesting read, not many surprises though...

Anonymous said...

I suppose you must consider the effects of "christian" countries on these places. İt is not about religion my little missinformed friend.

If you attack a country or put an embargo on it it will surely disrupt peace on that places. And think what knowledge that you have about Islam. :)

İt is not about Islam but interferences made by lovely democratic christian states.

Seb said...

Just a thought. Small minded people should do more research :P

Anonymous said...

Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon are predominately Islamic and Somalia has a large muslim proportion. The rest are christian or other. So that doesnt mean a thing..

Anonymous said...

Islamic???? Christian??? What difference does that make? Typical american to segregate and try to boast their importance. What about your country? Have the same chance of a violent act in a American slum as in any of these places listed. Wake up, pull your head out of you bung, and take a look around, stuoopid americanos

Anonymous said...

Only Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan are predominately islamic countries

Anonymous said...

actually you can tracel to many of these destinations, it s just some regions that are unsafe. i know it s possible to travel pakistan, afghanistan and sri lanka, as long as you stay out the combat zone(s).

Ben said...

As a matter of fact, I just got back from Iraq (as a tourist). Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) is totally fine. Don't go south tho.
Also, I've heard northern Somalia (Somaliland) is fine, as is Kabul in Afghanistan, as are large areas of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Lebanon should be absolutely fine. I can't say much about the DemRep or any of the other destinations in Africa (barring Somalia), though.
And I'm pretty sure Haiti is f*cked.

Anonymous said...

all of these areas have suffered under imperialistic/ world power rule at one point or multiple points. the long held (pre pax Rome) belief is that the best control method is destorying the problem group or removing them (thanks Machiavelli for that) but in the same way that doesn't work for controlling crab grass or invading beetles in a lawn it doesn't work for human civilization. things are not simple and it's about time people start coming to terms.

Anonymous said...

i am in favor of what anonymous says as a westerner myself i am totally embarrassed sometimes by what my fellow brothers and sisters say and do.apparently ignorance is bliss.too much misinformation and too many suckers that are ether too stupid or lazy to actually find out the truth about anything.image is everything ,apparently.i to will remain anonymous.

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