The Geneva Declaration recently came out with their list of the most dangerous countries in the world based on data of violent death rates in each country.
The top five are: El Salvador, Iraq, Jamaica, Honduras, and Colombia. These countries have the highest number of lethal deaths from 2004 to 2009.
Unsurprisingly, these countries are not among the top tourist destinations, and the first thing people think of when they hear these countries is “violence” and “danger.”
This is unfortunate, because while it is true that there is violence in these countries, that is by no means all they have to offer. There is violence everywhere in the world, sadly, but despite what the mainstream media imply the world is not filled with a majority of violence but rather a minority. While these issues are important to address we also need to recognize that they do not define these countries.
In light of not just focusing on the negative, Worldette takes a look at the beauty of these countries instead.
El Salvador – you can surf at some of the best spots in the world and because tourism is still growing beaches tend to be fairly unpopulated. You can also explore active volcanoes or observe wildlife in national parks. In addition to the diverse natural environment there is also an active, culture-filled city life, mainly in the capital, San Salvador.
Iraq is a country with many serious issues, namely a long-running war, but beyond that, it is a beautiful country with deserts, mountains, rivers, and some coastline. It is also a country with a rich history. Most of you probably learned about Mesopotamia in grade school, where some of the first civilizations began happens to be present-day Iraq. There are many historic points of interest here as well as a modern culture of unique music, dance, and cuisine.
Jamaica - Despite the high number violent deaths in the country, Jamaica has been prominent among the work of many musicians, artists, filmmakers, and writers, either serving as the backdrop, the inspiration, or both. Beaches, resorts, and many sporting activities are enjoyed by both the locals and foreigners alike.
Honduras - Although the recent coup d’état caused some political unrest in the country, Honduras is improving, politically, economically, and touristically. There are a number of different outdoor activities one can enjoy as well as a variety of city options such as museums and restaurants. Honduras is a country with much to discover and explore.
Colombia - When people hear “Colombia,” they often think of drugs, violence, and kidnapping. These things pose a minor threat, although it is much better than it was ten or fifteen years ago, but Colombia is about so much more. There is the city of Cali, the salsa capital of the world; countless national parks with a variety of flora and fauna; coasts, rainforests, mountains, big cities, small cities, and everywhere you can find friendly, welcoming people.
Have you been to any of these countries? Where have you found beauty in a ‘dangerous’ place? Let us know in the comments below.