Due to a high level of drug violence accompanied by less than adequate political and legal institutions, Guatemala City is one of the most volatile in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors are urged to avoid public transportation and not to look as though they are lost mainly because of drug related violence that can potentially affect tourists and a high prevalence of bus-jacking.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
As the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is plagued by internal problems such as gang violence, rape, property damage, poor sanitation and disease. To make things worse, however, it’s surrounded by constant civil unrest due to warring rebel factions as well as a relentless fight to control the nations diamond mines.
In 2003 Grozny was named “Most Destroyed City on Earth” by the United Nations. Primarily as a result of two prolonged wars with Russia, most of its residents have either fled or continue to live in the shells of their old homes under constant threat from the mafia and local gangs.
Although it is considered the capital, since the outbreak of the Somali Civil War in 1991 there has been no central government control over most of the country’s territory. Characterized as a failed state, Mogadishu is situated in one of the most lawless parts of the world.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The insanely dangerous border town of Juarez lays claim to one of the highest murder rates in the world. In 2009 2,600 people were killed due to drug related violence alone. The police force is almost non-existent as most of its high-ranking members have been assassinated and not even the military is any match for the powerful drug cartels.