1. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The insanely dangerous border town of Juarez lays claim to one of the highest murder rates in the world. In 2009 2,600 people were killed due to drug related violence alone. The police force is almost non-existent as most of its high-ranking members have been assassinated and not even the military is any match for the powerful drug cartels.
2. Borno State, Nigeria
Borno state is number two on the list with series of successful attacks, killings and abductions on Borno communities. Borno state have had the highest casualties to boko haram menace. In 2014, 219 students were abducted from Chibok secondary school Chibok Borno state and are yet to be found. In bid defeat boko haram the Nigerian government have moved the defence headquarters to Borno state.
3. Mogadishu, Somalia
Although it is considered the capital, since the outbreak of the Somali Civil War in 1991 there has been no central government control over most of the country’s territory. Characterized as a failed state, Mogadishu is situated in one of the most lawless parts of the world.
4. Grozny, Chechnya
In 2003 Grozny was named “Most Destroyed City on Earth” by the United Nations. Primarily as a result of two prolonged wars with Russia, most of its residents have either fled or continue to live in the shells of their old homes under constant threat from the mafia and local gangs.
5. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
As the capital Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo it is plagued by internal problems such as gang violence, rape, property damage, poor sanitation and disease. To make things worse, it’s surrounded by constant civil unrest due to warring rebel factions as well as a relentless fight to control the nations diamond mines.
6. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Due to a high level of drug violence accompanied by less than adequate political and legal institutions, Guatemala City is one of the most volatile in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors are urged to avoid public transportation and not to look as though they are lost mainly because of drug related violence that can potentially affect tourists and a high prevalence of bus-jacking.
7. 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, and ever since Chavez took the reigns the rate has allegedly increased by 67%.
8. Detroit, United States
Topping Forbes list of most dangerous cities in America, “Motor City” averages 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
9. Baghdad, Iraq
To the residents of this city, blood is nothing new. According to Mercer’s 2008 global index this war-torn capital was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. And with a history of violence and war, Saddam’s execution has done little to improve its condition.
10. Karachi, Pakistan
As one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world it has a history of political and ethnic tension. Suffering heavily from organized crime there are also significant long-standing differences between various populations that often lead to tension and violence. It’s also widely known as a human trafficking hotspot and the primary gateway for smuggling sex slaves into the West.
11. Johannesburg, South Africa
To South Africans, a major point of contention is whether you are more likely to get robbed in Johannesburg or in Cape Town. Although most would probably still point to Johannesburg, after hosting the World Cup and making several attempts to improve its image, the tide may be turning.
12. Port Moresby, Papau New Guinea
As the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea there is a high prevalence of violent crimes including rape and armed robbery. According to a survey of world cities by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Port Moresby is one of the world’s “least livable cities”.
13. Beirut, Lebanon
Although its been called the Paris of the middle east due to its beauty, in recent years it has descended into violence and war, being bombed repeatedly, and now rated by Mercer as one of the most dangerous cities in the region.
14. Bogota, Colombia
While security in Colombia has improved in recent years, violence continues to plaque the capital. Run by drug lords and with one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, it has become famous for its “kidnap culture”.
15. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Despite its beauty, Rio De Janeiro is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, largely due to a high level of corruption. Most of the city is covered in drug-infested favelas, or slums, and the underpaid police force has been known to frame foreigners in order to elicit bribes.