11. Ukraine: Russian-supported separatists have frequently clashed with the armed forces of Ukraine in the country’s eastern and southeastern regions, with civilians often finding themselves in the crossfire.
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12. Honduras: Honduras has one of the highest murder rates on the planet. The country struggles so much with drugs and crime that the police are overwhelmed. Seventy percent of American citizen homicides in Honduras have occurred in the areas of San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Tegucigalpa.
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13. Kenya: There have been a number of terror attacks both within and outside of the capital city of Nairobi (the biggest city in the country), including stabbings, shootings, and even bombings from grenades.
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14. Egypt: Egyptian sites frequently visited by tourists have not been safe from attacks by extremist terrorist groups like ISIS, nor have a number of different modes of transportation. It’s recommended that tourists avoid this area if they can.
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15. Venezuela: There have been a great deal of challenges in Venezuela due to the political upheaval in the South American nation, all of which has been credited with leading to a rise in crime. These days, it boasts one of the highest crime rates on Earth.
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16. Nigeria: Crowded public places like hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, churches, and even schools have been targeted by Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa. The U.S. State Department has even issued a travel warning.
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17. Pakistan: Sadly, Pakistan has had a problem with religious strife for many years. The fact that there are severe limits upon the freedom of speech, and that some places are forbidden to foreigners, certainly doesn’t help.
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18. El Salvador: Not only does this Central American nation have one of the highest homicide rates on the planet, but the country is plagued by violent gangs known as maras who have been known to traffic drugs and weapons.
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19. Yemen: U.S. citizens in particular have been targeted and detained in the capital city of Sanaa by rebel groups. Plus, the war there has led to a massive outbreak of cholera and violence.
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20. Colombia: It should be noted that this country is not necessarily as dangerous as it once was, but that doesn’t necessarily make it safe, either. It’s still struggling with armed gangs known as Bacrim, as well as terrorist attacks.
If you have to go to one of these places for whatever reason, just be aware of the risks that you’re taking. It is important to note, though, that many of the problem these countries have can be found anywhere. Like most things, it’s best to do your research!