I think that any city could be dangerous if you don't use your common sense and be alert. Particularly in cities where there are loads of people there's always going to be a risk, but I think that's part of the excitement of travelling. Also it depends what your memories of the country are, and whether you had good or bad experiences there because everyone has such different opinions eg on Colombia.
My No. 1 pick today will probably be Iraq, other countries I would stay away from would be Sudan, Congo, the West Bank and Gaza (Israel).
I still believe Bolivia is pretty safe to travel despite reports of civil uprisings within the country. I would go myself but I wouldnt encourage others to go...
I think El Salvador being the most dangerous country in Central America is outdated information. The murder rate has halved since 1994 while Honduras and probably Guatemala have got worse. Honduras' murder rate is now probably twice El Salvador's, two countries with very similar populations.
Also with Iraq, you have to remember the world's media is focused on it 24/7. Countries like Honduras, Brazil and Colombia are completely ignored by comparison. I'd say the worst sections of Honduras and Brazil are probably the most dangerous in the world at the moment - outside of full-scale war.
I don't think that there is much competition for #1, Iraq is the most dangerous country in the World. Plenty of other dangerous places in the World but none are as bad as Iraq. Some countries and cities have dangerous areas, but all of Iraq is not a fun place to be at the moment. I know people that are over there and hear stories, it never ends, day after day,...
Yes I see what you're saying, but when you see a full day of news from Iraq of the latest suicide bombings, killings etc. scores of people have been murdered in Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, Guatemala and El Salvador.
It would be interesting to compare murder/violent death rates between the countries. My bet is that Honduras and Brazil at least would have higher levels of violence.
A lot of the violence (certainly not all) in Iraq is also terrorism - the worst country in the world for terrorism at the moment.
What this means is that a lot of the incidents in Iraq tend to be very spectacular with many people killed at a time. Yet this still would make up only a part of Iraq's homicides, as I believe there is a lot of everyday criminal violence in the country, particularly in Baghdad and Basra.
700 Iraqi civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks in the past month, yet more than twice as many people (1600 to 1700) have been murdered in Colombia and South Africa during the same period (two nations that I think are only a little more populated).
I know I'm just talking about Iraqi civilians killed from terrorism, but this has been the worst period of terrorist deaths since the war ended and Colombia/South Africa have steadily decreasing murder rates. And of course, if you're a westerner Iraq is certainly the world's most dangerous place outside of full-scale war.
More than twice as many people have been murdered in Colombia and South Africa than have died in the headline-dominating Iraqi terrorist attacks in the past month. Food for thought.
My bad, Iraq's population is just over 25 million. I thought it was about 10 million more than that for some reason.
(1600 to 1700) have been murdered in Colombia and South Africa during the same period (two nations that I think are only a little more populated).
Wow, Is that 1600 total between both countries? or 1600 killed in Colombia AND another 1600 killed in South Africa?
I've actually been to all the countries you mentioned (although Columbia & El Salvador I was just passing through). I agree that South Africa & Columbia always seemed dangerous to me. That doesn't surprise me, but I never realized Hondorus was that dangerous.
And yes, being an American IRAQ does seem like a very dangerous place to be right now. Wouldn't want to be walking down the street in Baghdad asking for directions to the Hanging Gardens or Ur.
[b]HA are people Jokin..... I lived in colombia for 5 years and had to move away because it was tooo dangerous.. trust me if u stay there for more then 2 weeks a chance of you getting kidnapped or killed are sky high.. When i moved to Brazil or Mexico it was nothing to Colombia.