The World Most Dangerous Countries in 2022
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, after the psychological needs of man which include air, water, shelter, food etc., the very next objective in the priority of man is security.
If an individual does not feel safe and secured in any environment whatsoever, they are most definitely not likely to be productive in that environment and might want to achieve that feeling of being secured and safe before trying to achieve any other level of satisfaction or survival. This is essentially why every individual works to have every form of security in their lives, be it the physical or even financial security.
The fundamental basis for a safe society is that its members are in unity with one another and have a shared interest in almost every aspect of life. The sad reality is that almost every society today suffers from some sort of segregation. It could come in the form of Race, Religion, Ethnicity or even social status, but whatever form of segregation the society suffers from, it is always the brewing point of crisis.
World’s Most Dangerous and Unsafe Countries
There are a lot of conflicts going on around in the world today and in no small amount contribute to the instability the world all over is experiencing. Taking into account political instability, homicides, military and terrorist activities, natural disasters amongst other things, there a number of countries that are highly unsafe for the civilians and these are the top 10 unsafe places to live in:
Number ten on the list is the largest country in the world in the world with a population of over 146.2 million. Russia has a policy that every male citizen between the ages of 18 and 27 serves a mandatory one year in their military and they boast the world’s second most powerful military in the world, spends an estimated $61.7 billion in the military expenditure.
Russia has a long history of civil unrest with continued crisis with neighbors Ukraine. Conflicts between Ukraine and Russia has claimed no less than 10,300 lives while leaving an estimated 24,000 persons injured. The conflict heightens the tension in Russia’s relations with United States and Europe and risks greater escalation if Russia expands its presence in Ukraine or into any NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries.
Despite its military expertise, Russia continues to experience high terrorism activity in some parts including Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia among others. There are also risks of political motivated kidnappings in the North Caucasus and foreigners being attacked.
9. Central African Republic:
This landlocked country with an estimated population of 4.6 million people is located in the very center of Africa and is number nine on the list of the most dangerous countries. It has been in a civil war for the better part of nine (9) years, with conflicts between the government, Seleka factions and Anti-balaka militias and even further divisions in Ex-Seleka factions FPRC and UPC that has resulted in further fights and conflicts.
The current civil was preceded by the Bush war after the coup that removed the first democratically elected government from office in 2004. The civil war has seen both the government and the rebels recruit more than 21,000 child soldiers and with an additional 2,200 children falling victims to sexual violence.
Peace agreements between the government and the different armed factions has seen little to no improvement in conflict resolutions with the factions even increasing their violent activities to resist peace accords by both the UN and other external bodies.
Despite its abundance of mineral deposits, the Central African Republic is among the ten poorest countries in the world and it has the second lowest level of human development while also being classified as the worst country to be a youth.
Number eight on the list is the fourth largest country in Africa, Libya has an estimated population of about 6.9million people and is located in north Africa with most of the country lying in the Sahara Desert.
Libya as a country has not recovered from its first armed conflict in 2011. The conflict was assisted by western military intervention allowing the rebels to overthrow the then leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, this led to a vacuum in power and instability with no established authority in charge. Since then there has been competing political and military factions based all around the capital, Tripoli and other regions of the country.
The United Nations tried to intervene and even installed a government, but this was met with opposition by rebels who took control of the eastern part of the country. Some of the rebel groups are supported and funded by other nations who have vested interest in the country’s oil reserves.
7. Democratic Republic of Congo:
With a population of about 105 million people and the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa and second largest in all of Africa is the seventh most dangerous country in the world to live in.
Since 2005, the DR Congo has been the site of an ongoing military conflict resulting in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. A combination of violence, hunger and total neglect has given rise to one of the most neglected human displacement crises in modern history. Over the last year alone, an average of 6,000 persons flee their homes on a daily basis to escape the increase in violence in the eastern part of the country.
With millions displaced from their homes and the ravaging effects of the Ebola pandemic in the country, the condition grows even worse with the scale and number of conflicts in the country on a gradual increase.
Located in the horn of Africa with a population of an estimated 15 million people. Somalia has been in an armed civil unrest for over 30 years now which started when the Siad Barre started a resistance against the military Junta (dictatorship) and when military government was overthrown in 1991, a lot of armed factions started to emerge and due to the lack of an established authority, there was a tussle for leadership that led to an initial temporary collapse of customary law in the early 90s.
As of today, there are an estimated 2.6 million persons that are internally displaced due to the civil war and there isn’t hope for the war to end as different communities continue to either create or join a militia group as a means to defend and protect themselves leaving Somalia as number six on the dangerous countries’ list.
In the top five is an Asian country of predominantly Muslim indigenes with a population of about 40 million citizens and was in war for nearly eight years between 2003 and 2011, suffering another civil war between 2014 and 2017 and have not truly recovered from the effects of the war as they suffer from a stagnant economy, continued civil unrest and armed conflicts.
The country continues to have threats of terrorism with regular bomb attacks occurring frequently. Extremists, both pro and anti-government militia conduct regular attacks in and around the capital city, Baghdad.
4. South Sudan:
The republic of South Sudan is landlocked and has an estimated population of about 11.06 million people. The country gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and since then has suffered ethnic violence and civil war that has resulted in widespread human rights abuse and several ethnic massacres.
More than half of the population of South Sudan are displaced. Despite an end to the civil war and a peace agreement, armed conflicts still ravage the country so much so that the rate of violence currently exceeds the rate during the civil wars.
In recent times, attacks on civilians are even more than the attacks on other militias and rebel groups earning the country a spot at number 4 of most dangerous countries in the world.
Another western Asia country on the dangerous country list is Syria with an estimated population of about 17 million people with 6.2 million of them internally displaced and another 5.6 million registered as Syrian refugees.
On the global peace index, Syria is ranked last and this is in no small part due to the civil war that has ravaged the country for over 10 years now. Starting in 2011 as protests against the president, Bashar al-Assad, it has since escalated and left the country in a full-blown civil war involving several factions, leading to destruction of cities, loss of lives that numbers in the hundreds of thousands and severe cases of human rights abuse.
The fact that there are hundreds of rebel groups involved in the civil war might indicate that the end to the Syrian civil war is nowhere in sight, and also precipitating the war is foreign powers, who take sides and sends money and arms to different factions and groups.
A west Asian country with an estimated population of 30 million citizens. Yemen ranks number two in the dangerous countries list as a result of the over 10 years of political crisis that started out as street protests against poverty and bad governance. The then president stepped down and handed over power to a new regime but ever since then, there has been a full-on civil war in the country that forced the new president to flee the country.
Other Arab countries have since gotten involved in the war, facilitating air strikes to defeat rebel groups and to restore the embattled government of the ousted regime. Since the outbreak of the war, twenty million people in Yemen rely on humanitarian aid to survive.
The number one in the world’s most dangerous countries, Afghanistan, has seen rapid increase in military attacks on civilian by the Taliban, capturing province after province and even forcing the United States to withdraw their entire military presence in the country.
The country is now under the total control of the rebel group after forcing the president to flee the country. They have continually attacked the provinces, with numerous suicide attacks on the cities and recording unprecedented amounts of casualties every year.