15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

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East St. Louis, Illinois, USA

Dora, Baghdad, Iraq

In 2003, the neighborhood of Dora in Baghdad became the base of the notorious Al-Qaeda. Following the coalition invasion, Dora turned into a battlefield between the insurgents and American soldiers. However, even after the war, peace and stability hasn’t returned to this neighborhood. Sunni radicals continue to make attempts to force the Christian population out of this area. It still remains a pretty unstable place and definitely an unsafe one to visit especially if you’re Christian.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Solntsevo, Moscow, Russia

Solntsevo is notorious for being one of the cradles of organized crime in post-Soviet Russia. A seemingly quiet neighborhood located in the northwest of Moscow has seen much violence in the 1990s. It is considered to be the place where the famous criminal syndicate, the Solntsevskaya Brotherhood, found its start. Despite the fact that this neighborhood is not as dangerous as it used to be some 20 years ago, it’s still not the safest place to visit, especially at night.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Chamelecón, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula is a city in Honduras that is notorious for being a place overridden with crime and violence. Chamelecón is one of the city’s most dangerous districts. The neighborhood is extremely poor with the majority of locals living in shacks, and it also lacks all facilities, including clean water sources. Chamelecón is also famous for being the outpost of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), an infamous international criminal organization.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Cite Soleil, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Cité Soleil is known for being Haiti’s largest slum. The slum is located in the city of Port-au-Prince and is considered to be one of the largest shantytowns found in the Northern Hemisphere. The slums lack both infrastructure and facilities, and suffer from uncontrolled crime. The recent earthquake brought about the escalation of crime in the area, as many of the local gang members managed to escape from their prison cells.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Petare, Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, is experiencing major problems with organized crime. They are largely attributed to corruption, illegal gun trafficking and poor policing. The city is home to two million people, and of all the city’s neighborhoods the Petare neighborhood is considered to be the most dangerous. This area is overpopulated and ridden with crime.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Complexo do Alemao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alemão has been known as Rio’s most violent favelas. It is an interlocking collection of shanty towns located in the middle of the city. The authorities have recently attempted to crack down on the violent gangs, which run the area, but despite all efforts of the army and the police, the notorious favela still remains largely beyond the control of local authorities.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico

The Iztapalapa district is notorious for having one of the highest crime rates in Mexico City. Violence against women is also very common in this area. The most important issues the local community is subjected to are drug trafficking, gang-related violence and the shortage of potable water. These problems result in an extremely high murder rate.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Ferghana Valley

Ferghana Valley is located at the confluence of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. For a long time, this area has been known as the powder keg of Islamic terrorism. Ferghana Valley has over 11 million inhabitants. The area has seen numerous uprisings over the last couple of years, which resulted in terrorist acts, street violence and led to a humanitarian crisis.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Spanish Town, Jamaica

Jamaica’s Spanish Town has a relatively small population of around 160,000 people. However, it is known as one of the most violent places in the country. Poverty is what drives locals to commit crimes. And wherever there’s poverty, there are gangs and gang-related issues. For the young citizens of Spanish Town, crime often becomes the only way to make a living.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Barrio Santa Fe, Bogota, Colombia

Bogotá is notorious for being the major port for drug smugglers, who head from Colombia to Panama. Barrio Santa Fe is a neighborhood located in downtown Bogotá. It is the place where drugs, including crack, cocaine and heroin can be purchased in every storefront. The most dangerous drug offered by the local dealers is known as “burundanga” and it is widely believed to wipe the memory of the person who tries it.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Perla is known for being the most crime-ridden area of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It appears that the local government has purposefully neglected this area, hoping that eventually the local residents would develop it. However, the lack of control backfired. The shanty town turned into a place overridden with crime and violence.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania, Russia

Vladikavkaz is the capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia-Alania. The city also serves as a combat center for a still-active independence movement. According to the US State Department, Americans should avoid this part of Russia, as the city has been unofficially dubbed the base of the Black Widows, a group of female suicide bombers.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Nyanga, Cape Town, South Africa

Nyanga is notorious for being the most dangerous place in Cape Town and in the entire country of South Africa. Experts estimate that as many as 120 criminal gangs operate in this area. Therefore it’s not surprising that the area has an extremely high crime rate, which has also been attributed to such factors as alcohol abuse, unemployment and high dropout rates.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

Tiraspol, Moldova

Tiraspol is the capital of the outlaw enclave of Transdniester. Experts also believe it to be the epicenter of the global gun trafficking. This city is definitely the place where you have to be on guard at all times, as mysterious kidnappings are far from being rare occurrences in Tiraspol.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World

East St. Louis, Illinois, USA

East St. Louis in Illinois is the neighborhood which has the highest crime rate in the entire country. Many of the locals abandoned the area in the 1970s due to the lack of job opportunities. But those 27 thousand residents who decided to stay have really suffered a hard hit from heavy industry closures. For some of them crime became the only way to survive.

15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the World


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