10 most dangerous cities in the world
The Earth is full of places that are remote and the human race is never dares to explore them as all of us are afraid of the unknown. But what about the known? What about the places that are scarred and marred by the biggest danger to us possible- we ourselves? We have come this time to show you the ten most dangerous cities of all time.
10) Natal, Brazil
A beautiful city with colours so vivid and beautiful, Natal is the capital and largest city of the state Rio Grande do Norte, located in northeastern Brazil. It has a population of roughly 1,577,072 people out of which the rate of homicide is about 69.6 per every 100,000 people (chilling, isn’t it?) and yet it is just the start of the list. The city’s homicide rate increased a mighty ten percent after 2015, with a count of 1097 homicides in 2016, and many think that the rise has happened because of the increase in number of people behind the bars, which has led to even more killings that first start within the prison and then trigger the mobs outside. A vicious cycle indeed.
9) Valencia, Venezuela
Valencia is the capital city of Carabobo State, and the third largest city of Venezuela and what contributes to it is that it is an economic hub that contains Venezuela’s top industries and manufacturing companies. Thankfully, the homicide rate there is somewhat same as that of last year, but it is indeed an alarming crime rate as with a population of 1,560,586, it had a total of 1,124 homicides in 2016, thus having a homicide rate of 72 per 100,000 people. Thus, to curb it (in vain), President Nicolas Maduro deepened the militarization of Venezuela’s government.
8) Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
You will notice many Venezuela Cities in this list, and well, its government is the reason behind its popularity in the list. Crime reached a new high under the presidency of Hugo Chávez due to the institutional instability of his Bolivarian government and continued to increase under Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro as he continued Chávez’s policies that had disordered Venezuela’s socioeconomic status. Ciudad Guayana is one such city in Venezuela and it is the main electricity generating hub, but has struggled when it comes to violence just as other cities did. The population of 877,547, faces 82.8 homicides per 100,000, with an alarming 727 homicides in a year. Even the hard-line military stance by the government is useless now.
7) San Salvador, El Salvador
The capital city of El Salvador, Sal Salvador, is one of the four main areas of El Salvador’s criminal activity. The circumstances of these killings are disturbingly familiar as they blatantly reek of the involvement of illegal drugs. With so much drug money at stake, violent disputes over shipping routes and retail outlets are routine. The collateral effects of these drug wars mean that innocent civilians get caught up in the crossfire. Thankfully, it has had a 23% decline in homicide in a single year after a rate of 83.4 homicides per 100,000 people. The law authorities claim that this is the result of constant vigilance and iron-fist strictness of the government and police, but the mobs and gang members said that it was a secret truce that made it happen.
6) Maturín, Venezuela
This city is one of the most important cities of the violent Venezuela country as it is the centre for instrumental exploration and development of the petroleum industry in Venezuela. The metropolitan area of Maturín has a population of 401,384 inhabitants. Out of which, there were 499 homicides, making it a rate of 84.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. Maturin’s high homicide rate is a result of the hard hitting decline in the country’s income via trade leading to both, a hardship in the economy and the hunger crises that followed.
5) Victoria, Mexico
Victoria is a place that had a massive increase in the homicide rate as it was on number 46 when it was in a list that ranked countries throughout the world as per their sequence from least to most violent, as in our list, with just homicides, it is now on number 5. With a small population of just 346,029, it has had 293 homicides which accounts to a rate of 84.7 per 100,000 people. Facing the steepest increase in murder of all other cities, Victoria is a city ravaged by, yet again, wars induced by drugs, with mobs and drug lords increasing the homicide rate from 27 to 84.7!
4) Distrito Central, Honduras
Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate and has been experiencing record-high violence in recent years. And so it shows in the numbers as homicides have increased since last year, making the capital of Honduras to shake up again. “Drugs” has been the major issue again, making it impossible for the inhabitants to have a good night’s sleep. There were 1027 homicides in 2016, with a population of 1,206,897 people, giving a rate of 85.1 per 100,000. One of the drug lords, Wilter Ruiz, had agreed to cooperate with U.S authorities to potentially implicate high-ranking members of the security forces too.
3) San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro Sula is the nation’s primary industrial center and second largest city after the capital and well, Honduras’s most violent city with a homicide rate of more than 100 per 100,000 people. This is a city besieged by crime in all its forms: gang violence, drug cartel killings and rampant extortion compounded by a fear of authorities. This may due to the country’s role as a transit nation for the transnational drug trade, as it lies in the centre of many drug growing and distribution hubs. Another factor is the 2009 Honduran military coup, due to which unemployment and underemployment rates have doubled and the number of people living in extreme poverty has skyrocketed. As mentioned above, there were 845 homicides out of a possible population of 753,864, which gives the rate of a shocking 112.1 per 100,000 homicides.
2) Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco is Mexico’s most violent city and the second most dangerous place in the world. Otherwise, it is just a beautiful coastal tourist destination in the beautiful Mexico (we don’t think it is on many tourists’ to-visit place though). The government had to launch a security strategy in its 50 most violent cities as 42% of all homicides were concentrated in just 2% of all municipalities and were rooted in organized crime, mostly due to ill will between mob families. But it was all in vain as 918 homicides happened among the present 810,669 residents, giving a shocking rate of 113.2 homicides per 100,000 people.
1) Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas is the capital, the center of the Greater Caracas Area, and the largest city of Venezuela. Apart from all that, it is the perennial homicide capital of the world, topping our list with a massive rate of 130.3 homicides per 100,000. The rising murder rate in Caracas, which was at 98.71 in 2011, appears to be the symptom of nationwide political and economic chaos and sky-high crime, which has reportedly given rise to heavily armed “mega gangs.” The innocent inhabitants are just living in dread of a major gang-war that will make the city crumble, as now they are seeing widespread political and economic unrest adding to the already deteriorating conditions.
As you can see, this is a list that we were not happy to make. And seeing how the conditions are far from improving, we can only pray that at least the innocents are evacuated safely from these cities, but that is only possible if the world is an ideal place and the politicians are angels, that is, a world too quixotic to be true!