the most dangerous country in the world!

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

  • Somalia
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Pakistan
  • Burundi
  • Sri Lanka
  • Haiti
  • Chad
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia

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.

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