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|The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by *osisi*(f): 2:12am On Jan 01, 2009|
The world's 10 worst places to live
TheStar.com - World - The world's 10 worst places to live
December 31, 2008
FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTER
Canadians are world-class complainers – about the government, the economy, the weather and a host of shortcomings in their lives.
But in spite of the global economic turbulence, Canada remains one of the best countries in which to live.
Dozens of other nations make the lives of their citizens a misery with dire scenarios ranging from civil war to brutal repression, poverty, famine, disease, criminal violence and environmental catastrophe.
The result is floods of refugees and migrants heading for safer shores, or a decent standard of living: moves that often leave their countries even worse off, with the best and brightest fleeing if they can.
Many of the countries at the bottom of the "worst" lists in one category are also low in others. Those that are consistently low are at risk of becoming failed states.
But the competition for bottom place is heavy, and there's often little between the contestants.
Rating systems are uneven and may depend on statistics that are hard to come by.
At best they are indicators, rather than the full story.
Here are 10 of the worst places to live in 2008, and the factors that made them unliveable.
Pollution: Urumqi, China
Once a Silk Road hub, the western Chinese city of Urumqi has the bad luck to be downstream of sulphurous soil dust from nearby agricultural areas, as well as deadly industrial pollutants. China's environmental scientists say it now outranks Linfen, previously named as the world's most polluted city.
Declared a failed state, Somalia is so violent that millions have fled their homes. But it is also at the bottom of an annual global corruption index by Transparency International, which points out that in desperately poor countries, bribery and extortion can be life and death issues if people are forced to pay extra for basic necessities.
Dictatorship: North Korea
Kim Jong-il, North Korea's ailing ruler, was named the world's worst dictator of 2008 on Parade magazine's annual list.
It says he runs the most isolated, repressive regime in the world, where three generations of a family can be punished for one member's alleged crime. About 200,000 citizens have been jailed, many tortured.
Personal security: Iraq
In spite of the much-praised "surge" of American troops, and a diminished death rate in the past year, Iraq ranks lowest on the Global Peace Index's scale as a country with easy access to weapons, a high murder rate, poorly functioning government, low respect for human rights and political instability.
Homicide rate: El Salvador
Latin America has the highest murder rate in the world for young adults, 15-24. But El Salvador tops the list of the world's most dangerous countries for the young – and has one of the highest murder rates for people of all ages, according to the Latin American Technological Information Network.
When inflation in the southern African nation shot above 1 million per cent in the past year, worldwide cries went up for President Robert Mugabe's resignation. Now Zimbabweans carry sacks of newly printed cash to pay for a loaf of bread, and those with jobs choose between lunch and a bus ride to work. Mugabe is still in power.
Gender gap: Yemen
Greater equality between the sexes means better health, living standard and lifespan for women. The reverse is true in Yemen, where, the World Economic Forum says, lack of education, poor health care, lack of job opportunity and inability to press for change through the political process put women at risk.
Life expectancy: Swaziland
Afflicted with dire poverty and the world's highest HIV infection rate, the tiny southern African kingdom of 1 million has a shockingly low life expectancy of 32 – less than half the world's average. The royal family has a monopoly on the economy, and the majority of Swaziland's people live on about $1 a day.
The large, landlocked West African country was, ironically, one of the world's centres of Islamic scholarship, and is believed to have founded the first university. Now, fewer than 23 per cent of men and women can read and write, according to the UN Development Program, which rates it at the bottom of the global literacy scale.
Freedom of speech: Eritrea
Since the government banned all privately owned media in 2001, things have grown steadily worse for journalists, with crackdowns on media, arrests, reports of torture, disappearances and deaths in custody. "President Issaias Afeworki and his small clan of paranoid nationalists continue to run the country like a vast open prison," says Reporters Without Borders.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by *osisi*(f): 2:13am On Jan 01, 2009|
Thank God Nigeria didn't make that list
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by Siena(m): 12:18pm On Jan 01, 2009|
Some of the countries listed, are the ones you wouldn't expect to see.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by Nobody: 2:09pm On Jan 01, 2009|
i wont be surprised if nigeria came a close second to those mentioned above.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by Afam4eva(m): 4:05pm On Jan 01, 2009|
If it were "Eleven worst places to live" i'm pretty sure Nigeria would have been there.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by Encomium(m): 4:36pm On Jan 01, 2009|
I believe Nigeria is the eleventh. Don't you think so?
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by bigmodo(m): 8:44pm On Jan 01, 2009|
Osisi, whats up!
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by fasteddy: 12:41am On Jan 02, 2009|
Yeah really wouldn't like to live in any of those places!
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by landis(m): 8:35am On Jan 02, 2009|
see how easy you believe all these reports.
it is nothing but another person's opnion.
Where is Gaza in the this stats
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by sexyLeamon(f): 5:19pm On Jan 02, 2009|
Mali on that list
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by CushiTic: 12:13am On Jan 08, 2009|
That's bullshit, I've only been to these three countries in the list, and I can swear i loved every single second of it. And Yemen is by far my favourite country in the middle east.
I bet the reporter doesn't even know the location of the countries he mentioned let alone set foot in them.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by slimes(m): 11:13pm On Dec 16, 2009|
kai this is wrong analysis. Gaza as well as kabul should be on the list.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by sofa-dj(m): 12:51pm On Dec 19, 2009|
hopefully Nigeria will make d list for 2009
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by nice-guy10: 11:54am On Jan 04, 2010|
Even South Africa is not in the list.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 7:46am On Jan 05, 2010|
nice-guy10:what you trying to say?
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by nice-guy10: 12:23pm On Jan 05, 2010|
What i am trying to say is the fact that South Africa needed to be in that list cus there is a lot of crimes here.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 12:32pm On Jan 05, 2010|
nice-guy10:, there is lots of crime everywhere in the world. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, South Africa have high crime rate but there are pleasant to live than Nigeria in terms quality of life. i.e quality of infrastructure, governance, health care, basic education etc. Are you plain simple ignorant or are you trying to instigate a propaganda against South Africa?
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 12:34pm On Jan 05, 2010|
Nigeria also has a crime rate.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 12:36pm On Jan 05, 2010|
Top ten worst place to live in:
1. Sierra Leone: It's the poorest country in Africa and its the poorest country in the world, it has very poor standards of living and the average life expectancy for males is 35 and for females its 38 it has no infrasctruce a dirt poor and run down useless economy and its a war torn country and is very dangerous and it doesnt have a proper health care system and only the capital city Freetown has hospitals which are very run down.
2. Somalia: It's a dirt poor corrupt violent and chaotic country in anarchy and its extremely poor and extremely dangerous and half the population are starving.
3. Nigeria: It has an extremely high crime rate and an extremely high murder rate and is very poor and very corrupt and has very poor standards of living.
4. Liberia: It's war torn violent and chaotic and crime ridden and is extremely poor and unstable.
5. Swaziland: it has the worst aids epidemic in the world and its population are on the verge of extinction due to the aids epidemic and of course like most African countries its poor and corrupt and unstable.
6. Iraq: What a hell hole its become with the on going war and political and economic instability.
7. Afgahnistan: It's a war ridden extremely impoverished dessert wasteland s h i t hole of a country.
8. Colombia: It's so dangerous there that you cant even walk down the street in broad daylight without having the fear of being robbed or shot or stabbed and its a country which is ruined by poverty crime drugs civil warfare and corruption and it has the worlds highest murder rate and one of the worlds highest kidnapping rates to and living there would be a nightmare.
9. Algeria: Is extremely dangerous and has alot of terrorism and crime and lots of barbarism and horrific killings.
10. Zimbabwe: That poor country has become an absoloute basketcase and its all because of that evil tyrant Mugabe who has completely screwed up the country by causing the economy to collapse and by causing everything else to collapse such as the living conditions health care education system, and his land reform policy where all white farmers have been kicked off their lands and the lands where then given to black squatters which have caused the farm lands to turn into waste has caused an outbreak of famine throughout the entire country and half the population of the country are now starving because of it. Not only that the country is a dictatorship and people are constantly being rounded up arrested beaten tortured and executed for expressing their freedom and for opposing the government.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 1:00pm On Jan 05, 2010|
Here is a proper list to judge which is best/worst in terms of quality of life:
Antigua & Barbuda
Saint Kitts & Nevis
South (Rep of)Korea
Trinidad & Tobago
Papua New Guinea
Samoa (Western Samoa)
United Arab Emirates
Congo Republic of
Central African Republic
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by yoruba: 1:03pm On Jan 05, 2010|
Infact, at this moment I'm doing research regarding this topic, I find that Nigeria is very close being among the worst countries in the world.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by africhika(f): 3:24am On Jan 07, 2010|
surprised guatemala isn't on there.
and what about russia as the most dangerous/racist place for african students?
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by shotster50(m): 2:06am On Jan 08, 2010|
Correction. On the post about Mali, it said something about an Islamic school being the first. Is that first in West Africa, Africa ?? I am pretty sure it is not the first in Africa.
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by OAM4J: 9:51am On Jan 09, 2010|
You were in Yemen and you love the the place? am suspecting you o.
Did you meet Farouk while you where there?
Please what is your full name and present location, we need to put you on watch-list o
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by Kallshalf: 12:25pm On Mar 24, 2012|
|Re: The Ten Worst Places To Live In The World by ccollins(m): 9:33am On Sep 16, 2013|
Nigeria deserve to have first position and a reputation in all those unpleasant characteristics of living that are mentioned in the topic. Or do u guys here don't know what happen here in nigeria everyday and in the newspaper. We are fighting terrorismi.e boko haram and co but we still are the worst to ourselves. Look at the govt parastals and like I said nigeria is first, our notorious image precedes us in the international scenes. Just tell me 1 problem that those countries have we do have in nigeria here...
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