A friend asked me if Sierra Leone is the most dangerous country in the world. Forbes magazine puts out a list of the world’s most dangerous destinations. And the winners (?) for 2007 were
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Sri Lanka
Not even in the top 12! Sierra Leone was very dangerous when it was in the midst of civil war, but that ended in 2002. Now, I certainly feel safer in Freetown than in Nairobi (perhaps simply due to the fact that I haven’t yet been mugged in Freetown).
Following the footsteps of Sudhir Venkatesh, I managed to infiltrate one of Freetown’s most insidious street gangs a few days ago. Luckily, I escaped with my life and this photo.