Dangerous and Bizarre Destinations
If you are a businessman, and a frequent traveler, you should always be aware of the safety guidelines regarding the country of your destination. Some prominent countries, like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada post their travel advisory to their locals or citizen just like for instance the Philippines. The post read this way; Canadians must maintain their personal awareness on their security regarding the rampant kidnappings and killings in the Philippines”. But it does not mean that the whole Philippines is that dangerous, only a province in Mindanao, is most known for dangerous place, especially for the missionaries and journalists. But of course, being aware in a huge crowd in Manila can be dangerous for foreign visitors, maybe of theft, snatching of bags or valuable things such as cellphones and jewelry, but it is not only happening in the Philippines, also in China, Malaysia or Thailand, maybe because of poverty. Here some countries that are considered dangerous destinations for tourists, businessmen, journalists, missionaries and volunteers who just want to extend their help to countries beyond the poverty level, which involves the Peace Corps volunteers.
1) Maguindanao, Southern Philippine region (Mindanao)
A province in the Philippines called Maguindanao, bordering to the North of Lanao del Sur, East of Cotabato and south of Sultan Kudarat, and the capital is Shariff Aguak. Maguindanao is located in ARMM or Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. On November 23, 2009, the worst political massacre killing 57 people an election caravan of then Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu was attacked, and these includes the wife of Mangudadatu, sisters, journalists, supporters, bystanders. The former President Gloria M. Arroyo, declared martial law in Maguindanao leading to warrant less arrest of the Ampatuan clan, and linked them to the Maguindanao massacre. On December 5, 2011, Provincial Governor Esmael Mangudadatu was ambushed with his convoy on the way for his birthday celebration. Some members of the Ampatuan clan were arrested and now facing charges.
Abu Sayyaf Group, Jolo, Sulu (Mindanao)
The Abu Sayyaf or al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, is an Islamic separatists now tagged as terrorists based in Jolo and Basilan, southern Bangsamoro, where for almost 30 years, kinds of Muslim groups have been engaging in insurgency for an independent province for Muslims. The Abu Sayyaf are also criminal group, where they conduct kidnapping with ransoms, drive by shootings, drug and arms dealing, theft, and unlawful or illegal taking others properties. They also raped, beheading their kidnapped victims.
2) Russia Gangsters and Russian Mafia
Russia is counted as one of the world’s dangerous countries because of high crime rate because of the widely Russian Mafia group and the Russian gangsters and high rate of murders everyday. For the Western people, Russians gangster o criminals, are very hard to catch because of their sophisticated methods in hiding. Like the notorious leader of the Russian Mafia, Ivankov, after convicted for murder in 1992 in Moscow, but skipped out his probation and migrate to United States but was arrested in 1995 by the FBI, and was deported back to Russia.
Gangster or organized crime in Brazil, attack the police and government authorities, that makes them dangerous citizen of Brazil. Not only killings, but some case of rape, theft, and cocaine related crimes.
4) Mexico , Dangerous Cities
These dangerous cities in Mexico includes, Chihuahua , Mazatlan, Culiacan, Acapulco,Tijuana, Torreon, Durango where crimes and murders are very high in rate, and the notorious Zeta Gang in Mexico abducting victims to make them drug mules and murder them.
Republic of Colombia
The Republic of Colombia is a country in South America, where beautiful mountain tops is famous for ski over the equator. There more beautiful tourist attractions in Colombia, but you should be aware of the perils of influential and illgeal armed groups. The drug cartel developed in the 1970s to 1990s, the Medellin Cartel under Pablo Escobar and the Cali cartel, and financed the different armed groups as his protection. Pablo Escobar is the Colombian drug lord , an elusive coccaine trafficker, and killed in a shootout when he attempted to escape.
5) North Korea
6) Japan’s Dangerous affected cities (Earthquake, Radiation and Tsunami after effect)
The 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku also often referred to in Japan as the Great East Japan earthquake .
Yakuza, Japanese Gang with their traditional tattoo symbol
The Yakuza or gokudō, are members of an organized crimes syndicate in Japan. The media and police authorities call them the “Group of Violence” or the bōryokudan, an the Yakuza members call themselves as ninkyō dantai which means, ‘Chivalrous Organizations’, and very notorious for their ‘strict conduct codes’ and very organized in following rules from their superiors, but declined that they are ‘members of the secret society like the Chinese Triads and Italian Mafias.
Akihabara massacre “Akihabara random attacker incident”) was a mass murder incident of that took place in Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, Akihabara shopping center for electronics, video games and comics on Sunday, June 8, 2008, a man hit a crowd with a truck, eventually killing three people and injuring two, stabbing at least 12 people using a reported “survival knife” or dagger , injuring eight and killed four people.
7) South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa, killings of residents and homicides usually occur in the poorer districts and suburbs of the town, rape and the most scary is the high in rate and HIV diseases in this countries.
Thousands of Somali people are fleeing extreme famine, drought, violence from Somali pirates, and seek refuge in camps of Kenya and Ethiopia.
The famous breathtaking Balancing Rocks in Zimbabwe, the igneous rock formation found in many parts of Zimbabwe. But the widespread reports on human right violation is very rampant under the the rule of President Robert Mugabe who has been in power since 1980, and his ZANU-PF party, violating the rights of the people of Zimbabwe, the rights to freedom of movement, residence and assembly, protection of the law, food, and shelter. The assault on the media and other gatherings formed by political opposition, are brutally and attack by the police fores.
9) Nigeria Brutalities and Scammer
Killings and Brutalities in Nigeria
11) Sudanese Rebels
Afghanistan Women, victim of rapes and sexual assault, and “Honor Killings”
Pakistan Honor Killings
Shafilea Iftikhar Ahmed born July 14, 1986 – 11 September 2003) was a British-Pakistani, 17-year-old girl, who was murdered by her own parents Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, according to September 7, 2011 Cheshire Police report. The accused parents were both found guilty on August 2, 2012, of the murder of their daughter Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered on September 11, 2003, and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years. Shafilea‘ s younger sister, Alesha Ahmed, arranged a robbery on August 25, 2010, that took place at their parent’s home, during her brother, sisters, parents and herself were at home. Alesha was arrested, and told the police that her parents had murdered her sister, Shafilea, by suffocating her sister when their father, Iftikhar Ahmed put a plastic bag into Shafilea’s mouth. Alesha told the police that her late sister was killed after trying to force her to accept an arranged marriage and the refusal of Shafilea would bring shame on the family.
15) Republic of Côte d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast, West Africa
The north of the country remains under the control of armed rebels, and the fighting occur from time to time, has taken place in the commercial capital of Abidjan. Control Risks says that the rebellion increasing crimes, armed robbery,carjackings and street murders.
19) New Orleans, United States
The New Orleans war for the heart and soul, about an 18-hour of violence where 17 people shot and residents in confinement and evacuation of an elementary school, and shots fired at police twice.
There were 12 people murdered in New Orleans, in a year, and at least two dozen,and a 12-year-old girl, have been wounded in shootings.
20) Bronx, New York
South Bronx, in New York, is considered the poorest Congressional districts and the 16th Congressional District of New York. Poverty is the main reason of violence, theft, murder or organized crime groups of ethnics such as Mexicans, African-American, Asian-American and even white Americans.
These ‘dangerous countries’ mentioned, does not mean, it is all violence on the street everywhere or any areas. These countries have their beautiful scenery for tourists to visit, just be sure when you book your flight and hotel, just follow the strict rules or your tourists guide and hotel authority. And also know the nearest Embassy or Consular Office near your hotel.