There are dangers waiting for us around every corner, be it cars accidents, diseases, earthquakes or floods. However, some places are more dangerous than others, facing violence, war or terrorism. Take this quiz to learn about avoiding the most dangerous places on Earth.
Human activity is the cause of danger in most dangerous places. Humans are the cause of war, violence, insurgence, civil unrest, humanitarian issues and terrorism.
The Global Peace Index is a yearly report that ranks countries in ascending order from the most peaceful to the least peaceful.
There are 23 indicators of peace used to determine a country's ranking on the index.
Baltimore, Md., takes the prize for the most dangerous city in the U.S., according to an FBI report in 2008. The report examined rates of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault before coming up with its list. Nashville, Tenn., ranked second after Baltimore with Charleston, S.C., coming in third place as the most dangerous cities in the U.S.
According to the FBI study that undertaken to determine the most dangerous U.S. cities, all of the top 10 most dangerous cities are transit points for Mexican drug cartels.
Some of the bottom-ranked countries include Somalia, Sudan, Israel and Afghanistan.
Sudan is located in northeastern Africa and most of the conflict has occurred in Darfur.
About 2.7 million people have been left without homes as a result of the humanitarian crisis and internal strife in Sudan.
More than 30,000 people have died in Sudan and many people claim that genocide is behind this large number of fatalities. However, there is also very limited access to water and electricity as a result of the violence, which has also caused some of the fatalities.
There are relatively small incidences of homicides and violence within the Israeli population. However, the risk for terrorist acts is very high.
U.S. citizens are urged to stay away from the Gaza Strip and to take precaution when traveling in Israel.
The government of Somalia collapsed in 1991 and there has been instability and violence ever since. More than 8.5 million people have been displaced as a result of the internal conflicts.
There were more than 100 pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia in 2008 and piracy continues to run rampant in Somalian waters. Terrorist attacks and kidnappings are also common in Somalia and Americans have been warned not to travel to the country.
Afghanistan ranked the lowest for "respect for human rights." There has been conflict in Afghanistan for longer than 20 years and, more recently, a Taliban-backed insurgency has raised the level of violence and terror attacks in the country.
New Zealand is ranked No. 1 on the Global Peace Index due to its political stability, diplomatic relations with its neighbors and low rates of homicide and human rights violations.
Iraq is ranked as the most dangerous country in the world. Although in the 1950s Iraq was one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its oil, Saddam Hussein led the country into war with Iran in 1980, leading to the destruction of Iraq's economy and way of life. Today, the country is riddle with internal conflict, poverty and millions of displaced people. Killings and kidnappings are commonplace.
Iraq was invaded in 2003 by troops from the U.S., U.K. and other nations supporting the military invasion.
Iraqis live in poverty, many of them living off less than one dollar a day. They lack basic services, including access to clean drinking water, and are threatened by disease and malnutrition.
It is best to stay on higher floors, as burglars are less likely to get into your room. Avoid traveling alone, especially at night, and don't walk down alleyways or poorly lit streets.
The U.S. government advises taking a stance of passive cooperation if you get kidnapped. Do as instructed by the kidnappers and keep your answers as short as possible if questioned. By registering your trip with the U.S. State Department, the government will know where you are if anything happens and will try to assist you in the event of an emergency or crisis.