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Don't Go There!
Geography - Miscellany
"In response to an author challenge, I present my quiz on some of the most dangerous places on Earth. I've already visited several of the countries on this list. Taking my quiz will be safer than visiting most of these places!"
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This "dangerous" country is one I first visited in 1984. Though it is one of the most popular countries to visit for U.S. travelers, in 2009 it was the subject of a State Department travel advisory. Drug trafficking, kidnapping, and a notoriously unpredictable judicial system are just a few of the problems you might face here. It has also surfaced in a number of Jimmy Buffett songs. Where is this potentially dangerous place?
The next place on my list is a place I visited in 2001. I can honestly say that when I was growing up, I never thought I'd be able to visit this country, but I was thrilled to be able to go. There was a great deal of history there - along with a great deal of organized crime, ethnic prejudice, and a little internal civil war as well! What dangerous place was dealing with all of these things in the aftermath of glasnost and perestroika?
My next trip was in 2006, to another country on the informal "most dangerous places" list. Home to one of the largest slums in the world, with all of the poverty and crime that entails, this country is also home to some of the most incredible wildlife in the world, too! Although it is one of the more stable nations in its region, widespread poverty-related crime makes it critical for tourists to be alert at all times. What nation is home to the slums of Kibera and about a bazillion flamingos at Lake Nakuru?
My next trip was in 2007, to a country with which my home country (US) has not always seen eye-to-eye. In fact, past US involvement in this country's political processes created a great deal of friction, some of which has remained. There is also some drug trafficking and a lot of poverty, although the most danger I felt was during the hour-long bus ride on a road that looked and felt like a minefield! What country is known for coffee and two large lakes named after the country and its capital city?
The rest of the countries on our informal list are ones that I have not yet visited (and some of them I have no desire to visit!). The first one is surrounded by hostile neighbors, with a constant threat of terrorism--its people face danger daily. They have learned to deal with the danger fairly well, though; to use an old phrase, "they know how to take care of themselves." Where is this small but strong country, which is the home of such ancient sites as the Wailing Wall?
This country was an ancient cradle of civilization, but for many years a place that very few wanted to visit! It was involved in a war with its neighbor that lasted eight years, then two other wars, followed by a great deal of government instability and internal fighting. Can anyone say, "Danger"? Where is this place that has gone through great upheaval in the aftermath of a "desert storm?"
From Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow, we seem to have a romantic fascination with pirates. Unfortunately, there is nothing romantic about the modern pirates that operate out of our next country. An often lawless place, governed by warlords for decades, this country was the site of the events depicted in the movie "Black Hawk Down." Where is this?
Moving along, we come to a former British colony which has struggled since its independence in 1980. As if rampant poverty and allegations of election fraud weren't enough, this country has also been on a watch list for involvement in the international slave trade--both for forced work and for sexual slaves. Which southern African nation is this?
As if it weren't enough to be one of the poorest nations in the world, this nation can also "boast" of wars against two countries that are much larger and more powerful than it is. These wars have consumed about twenty years of modern history. Warlords have fought with each other when there's no external enemy to fight. What name is this "paradise" known by?
This garden spot's claim to fame: border disputes with its large neighbor, which has the potential of nuclear warfare. Over a million refugees from another neighbor have trickled in. Finally, this country has a history of political murders and assassinations, one of which claimed the life of the country's first female political leader in 2007. What is the last country on our informal list?
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Compiled Jun 28 12