Many of us, I’m sure, dream of traveling the world. Exploring new cultures and witnessing some of the most breathtaking places in far away exotic places.
1. Chechnya, Russia
It is said that the Russian Mafia runs the city with more gangsters than police, while a Russian is assassinated every 18 minutes averaging 84 murders per day in a nation of 143 million.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa has been riddled with crime for years now and Cape Town is the most dangerous city in the country. Murder and robbery, rape and kidnappings are the biggest problems in the area, and tourists are notable targets.
3. New Orleans, USA
The murder capital of the USA sees an average 95 murders per 100,000 residents, which is shockingly high when you consider the fact that there are only 300,000 residents in the city overall.
4. Karachi, Pakistan
Ranked as one of Asia’s lowest-scoring destinations for personal safety according to Mercer’s study. In recent years Karachi has seen repeated terror attacks and suicide bombings. In February this year more than 30 people were killed in a dual bomb attack, while in December 2009 another blast saw the death toll reach over 40 (pictured).
5. Mogadishu, Somalia
Somalia’s capital has been devastated by the ongoing civil war. In 2008 statistics showed that half of the city’s population (0.5 million) had fled the war-torn area.
6. Detroit, USA
The American city known as “Motor City” was the top of Forbes’ list of the ten most dangerous cities around American in 2009.
7. Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Home to 1.5 million people the city lies on the border with the U.S. In recent times it has seen a rapid increase in shocking violent crimes, mainly due to the feuding drug cartels.
8. Baghdad, Iraq
As this horrifying image depicts, a river of blood coupled with bombed out vehicles is nothing new to the locals of Baghdad. The war-torn capital of Iraq was declared the least safest city in the world, according to Mercer’s 2008 quality of living global index.
9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Despite being home to the world’s biggest carnival Rio de Janeiro is also one of the most dangerous places on Earth. As soon as travelers get off the plane they are handed leaflets of do’s and dont’s.
10. Caracas, Venezuela
The Foreign Policy magazine dubbed Caracas as the “murder capital of the world” at the end of 2008. In December of that year alone there were 510 people murdered. Like Ciudad Juárez the majority of the violence comes from gangs and drug wars.