New research, conducted by the Expat Insider Survey and done by InterNations, has listed the most dangerous places to live in the world.
The research, capturing the representations of 20,259 persons from 182 nationalities, and living in 187 countries or territories across the world, covered topics such as quality of life, cost of living, personal finance, safety and security and more.
Of the 64 countries listed in the research, Africa got represented by five countries, most of which fell below the list of the safest places on the planet.
Here they are:
South Africa #63
With recent cases of attacks by local South Africans on other Africans and their businesses in what is described as Xenophobia, it comes as no great shock that South Africa is listed as the most dangerous country in Africa security-wise.
Also, earlier this month, a dismal crime report from South Africa was released, which showed that murders, robberies at residential properties, bank robberies and sexual offences increased over the last 12 months.
In the survey by InterNations, a British expat states: “My life is easier here, but I feel as if I am living in a bubble: I miss the freedom to walk or ride anywhere at any time, and I hate having to worry about my security.”
A Belgian expat complains about the “uncertain political situation, racism, corruption and high crime rate, as well as the weakness of the rand.”
The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria, is listed as the second most dangerous country in Africa, placing only a number before South Africa in the InterNations survey.
Also known for kidnappings and most recently, terrorist groups insurgencies, it is no surprise that Nigeria is listed as a dangerous place on the continent.
According to the survey, Nigeria was the worst rated country in the categories of travel and transportation, health and well-being.
Places such as Mogadishu, Syria, Tripoli, Baghdad, Bujumbura and Kabul in Afghanistan, according to the report, are considered safer than Nairobi.
Majority of respondents complained that Kenyan streets feel unsafe and they cannot go out for walks freely as they wish.
A Danish expat, according to Forbes, complained that walking around Kenyan streets is a ‘No’ for them and that they have to drive or be driven everywhere
The US Department of State recently posted this on its website:
“Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, and local government facilities. Terrorists have conducted attacks in urban areas, including in Cairo, despite the heavy security presence. Terrorists have targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations.”
According to the survey by InterNations, a British expat complained about “the government, poor infrastructure, horrendous traffic, poor condition of roads, poor condition of buildings, and overcrowding” in Egypt.
Another expat, a Ugandan, dislikes how “many of the Egyptian people discriminate and are not friendly. Many men have no respect for black women and are rather abusive.”
Morocco is listed at number 42 on the survey and is believed to be a very dangerous country for people.
A 2019 Women Danger Index actually listed the country as a place that women should avoid, especially for solo travelers.