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Jun 19 - 60 Worst Countries to Live In The World
 

 
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The "failed state" label may conjure up undifferentiated images of poverty and squalor, but a range of troubles plague the 60 countries atop this year’s Failed States Index -- an annual collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Fund For Peace that a.ssesses 177 countries. (Scores are a.ssigned out of a possible 120 points, with higher numbers indicating poorer performance.) Yes, inadequate health care, paltry infrastructure, and basic hunger are the most fundamental culprits, but sometimes it is a ruthless dictator, ethnic tension, or political corruption that is most to blame. In photos and words, here is a glimpse of what life is like in each of the world's most failed states -- and just how it came to be that way.

Above, the tent of National Transitional Council f!ghters sits a few miles west of Sirte, the former stronghold of deposed tyrant Muammar al-Qaddafi, as the sun sets on Sept. 29, 2011.

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1. SOMALIA

FSI score: 114.9

There's a reason Somalia has topped the Failed States Index for five years straight. Although the internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government gained control of the capital, Mogadishu, last August after the hard-won withdrawal of the terrorist group al-Shabab, it still lacks control of large swaths of the country, including Somaliland and Puntland in the north. The Somali police are "generally ineffective," while violence, piracy, and kidnappings are regular threats. Last year, one of the deadliest droughts in decades resulted in a famine that k!lled tens of thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country, where 16 percent of the population was internally displaced in 2011 -- the highest rate worldwide. African Union and Kenyan troops are working to help bring security to Somalia, and signs of growth in Mogadishu are offering a flicker of hope, while plans to pass a new constitution and elect a new president and prime minister later this summer offer a crucial test.

Here, a Somali boy sits in the ruins of what used to be the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Mogadishu on Aug. 18, 2011. Hundreds of Somalis set up temporary shelters inside the cathedral's ruins after fleeing from their villages during the worst drought in the past 60 years.



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2. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

FSI score: 111.2

Nine years after the official end of the Second Congo War, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) held presidential elections in November 2011. But the chaotic voting, marred by violence, corruption, and instability, only underscored the fact that the country -- where 1.7 million of the total 71 million residents are internally displaced persons -- remains terrifyingly unstable. The winner of the polls, which were widely discounted by the international community, was Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the DRC since his father, the former president, was a.ssassinated in 2001. Although Kabila may have clung to power, he by no means sits comfortably in the presidential palace. Former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, continues to conduct attacks against civilians and political opponents with impunity. His actions are only part of the epidemic of violence that plagues the country, particularly in the eastern region, which has been called the "rape capital of the world."

Above, a bloodied supporter of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress is helped by a friend after clashes with police and army forces in Kinshasa, the capital, on Nov. 26, 2011. The supporters were waiting for the main opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who was not allowed to hold a rally in town.


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3. SUDAN

FSI score: 109.4

The year 2011 saw the fragile state of Sudan literally break in two when South Sudan formally declared independence in July. The split between the two longtime rivals has not been a peaceful one, with numerous skirmishes over oil-producing regions along the border, a worsening internal refugee crisis as South Sudanese find themselves stranded in the north, and each side accusing the other of supporting internal rebel movements. Tensions came to a head in April of this year when the Khartoum regime launched airstrikes and sent ground troops over the border, and northern President Omar al-Bashir vowed to wipe out South Sudanese leaders, referring to them as "insects." Analysts are now warning that a wider war looms.

Here, the shell of a vehicle that was hit by a bomb sits in front of the abandoned village of Trogi during f!ghting in the South Kordofan region along the border.


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4. CHAD

FSI score: 107.6

Chad's fortunes appeared to improve in 2010, when President Idriss Déby and Bashir, his Sudanese counterpart, ended long-simmering hostilities between the two neighbors (the troubled Darfur region sits along their shared border). But 2011 -- the 50th anniversary of Chad's independence from France -- brought more tumult. Déby secured a fourth term in a race that was boycotted by opposition parties, who accused the president's party of rigging previous parliamentary elections. More recently, the impoverished central African nation experienced a food emergency as part of a larger crisis in the Sahel region. Journalist Steve Coll has described Chad, which became an oil-producing nation in 2003, as "a poster child for the resource curse."

Above, women in colorful, flowing fabrics gather around a shared human and animal watering hole near Lake Chad.


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5. ZIMBABWE

FSI score: 106.3

After more than three decades of strongman Robert Mugabe's misrule -- punctuated by massacres, a.ssassinations, and government-led campaigns against white farmers -- Zimbabwe is in shambles. The country's economy has deteriorated for much of the past decade, and in 2008 hyperinflation peaked at an annual rate that one economist calculated as the second highest in world history. Since then, the economy has begun to expand again, growing by an estimated 6 percent in 2011, but Zimbabwe remains politically fragile: Mugabe's power-sharing arrangement with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai remains more theory than reality. The country's future, and how much worse it will sink on this list, depends largely on who will rule when the 88-year-old Mugabe dies.

Here, a poster of Mugabe hangs torn on a street-side wall in Bulawayo.



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GhostNinja 47 heat pts47
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not surprising at all. africa.... gotta do better
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Damagegadget 492 heat pts492
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.. I wonder how many of these countries have been pillaged by european countries..
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ItAlY2BkLyN 238 heat pts238
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 Damagegadget said:
.. I wonder how many of these countries have been pillaged by european countries..
The whole world has been pillaged by european countries.

But the governments of these countries are corrupt and no progress can be made as long as that's the case. We struggle with 1st world problems and these people are struggling to find some rice and some muddy water very sad.
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here we go again

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 Damagegadget said:
.. I wonder how many of these countries have been pillaged by european countries..
most are still being pillaged by first world corporations
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 ItAlY2BkLyN said:
The whole world has been pillaged by european countries.

But the governments of these countries are corrupt and no progress can be made as long as that's the case. We struggle with 1st world problems and these people are struggling to find some rice and some muddy water very sad.
wonder where the corruption came from.... and yes half the world is full of "3rd" countries that have been pillaged by european nations africa is one of the richest countries in its resources.. if they had not have been tricked you think it would be such a struggle? ethiopia was one of the richest countries in the world at one point.. but all they gonna show you is some malnutritioned kids on TV
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 Gatorfan2611 said:
here we go again

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 GhostNinja said:
most are still being pillaged by first world corporations
and when they are done they leave them to f!ght with one another over the "riches"
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ItAlY2BkLyN 238 heat pts238
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 Damagegadget said:
wonder where the corruption came from.... and yes half the world is full of "3rd" countries that have been pillaged by european nations africa is one of the richest countries in its resources.. if they had not have been tricked you think it would be such a struggle? ethiopia was one of the richest countries in the world at one point.. but all they gonna show you is some malnutritioned kids on TV
agreed. and agreed.

But what I'm saying, is that now that they are all autonomous countries, why aren't they changing?

And not just in Africa. Why are some middle eastern countries some of the poorest in the world, yet the Sheiks are some of the richest people in the world? We think we have class separation here in the states? But it's nothing compared to those countries.

 Gatorfan2611 said:
here we go again

you wanna go hop back on Tebows jock and let us grown folk have a discussion. thanks


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 ItAlY2BkLyN said:
you wanna go hop back on Tebows jock and let us grown folk have a discussion. thanks
i aint ashamed
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 Gatorfan2611 said:
i aint ashamed

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No beef but how is Eritrea not ranked in the top 15, let alone the top 20???

2,000 refugees a month seeking asylum, dictator/authoritarian government, one of the poorest countries in Africa, the "North Korea of Africa" but they sitting at #23 behind more stable countries like Ethiopia and Myanmar?

Somalia's situation is fu*king sh*t up for everybody in East Africa!

Africa as a whole though...


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These countries are so destroyed because of religion and "tribal warfare" I fu*king hate that term. There is no infrastructure in most of these places so there is nothing that can be done. Do a food drop and the most powerful people will grab it and then pass it out as they see fit.
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 Damagegadget said:
wonder where the corruption came from.... and yes half the world is full of "3rd" countries that have been pillaged by european nations africa is one of the richest countries in its resources.. if they had not have been tricked you think it would be such a struggle? ethiopia was one of the richest countries in the world at one point.. but all they gonna show you is some malnutritioned kids on TV

well the arguement of where they came from isn't really valid?

the answer isn't the European countries, its powerful countries. and yes they happen to be European (chinese too btw). but that's where it stops. when these powerful countries come in to control your land, they need locals to do the bidding. that's where the greedy locals come in, they don't give a fu*k about their fellow country man. it's sad but true. when your country is poor, you will put your greed over the wellness of many. that's the dark side of human nature. you have your local government official doing the raping of resources. corruption is part of the game when you are dealing with $$$.


for example, take a look at india. india was one of the wealthiest country 200 years ago. the british came and stole a tremendous amount of gold and daimonds. the daimond that the queen has on her crown came from a daimond known as the kohanoor or something. it was a really big daimond that was actually broken down into pieces bc it was so big. but anyways, the british r*ped and pillaged all they could until the country unified and said we don't want the brits no more. the brits left, and were left with sh*t. there is still so much corruption in india today, its ridiculous. the corruption starts all the way at the top with the ministers and what not and ends all the way down to the little kids that work at local shops.

i know the situation in india is different than the situation in africa with the gorilla warfare. in africa it's alot easier to brainwash ppl b/c the lack of education. india is becoming a superpower b/c the rate of education has risen slowly in the last 5 decades. in africa the heads of rebel will do anything, take little kids and brainwash them.

i used india as an example, japan has a similar story, but thats what it is. lack of education.

oh and not to mention big corps doing everything in their power to make sure the story doesn't appear on your tv set.
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Whites and now Asians, are raping Africa, what do you fu*king expect. These countries don't have any leadership because the leaders are puppets put in place by these greedy pieces of sh*ts.
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 lifeundthescope said:
Whites and now Asians, are raping Africa, what do you fu*king expect. These countries don't have any leadership because the leaders are puppets put in place by these greedy pieces of sh*ts.
blaming white people has never lead to anything productive

when will people realize this
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 lifeundthescope said:
Whites and now Asians, are raping Africa, what do you fu*king expect. These countries don't have any leadership because the leaders are puppets put in place by these greedy pieces of sh*ts.
QFT ,how they supposed to get up when they don't even own their own countries. And the so called homegrown saviors just turn around and let the people down once they get a taste of that government power. even the little businesses you see pop up in West Africa are funded by Chinese that collect nearly 90% of all the profits. army supposed to be used to protect the people not conquer and exploit them. sh*t is a trap


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 Sammyboi22 said:
These countries are so destroyed because of religion and "tribal warfare" I fu*king hate that term. There is no infrastructure in most of these places so there is nothing that can be done. Do a food drop and the most powerful people will grab it and then pass it out as they see fit.
You just dropped some real knowledge. Them local leaders take control I them food drops and decide who eats and doesnt
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that picture of afghanistan is absolutely terrible
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