Monday, January 28, 2008

This sort of thing pisses me off

London, UK

Saw this nonsense in an African-based blog:

Dangerous travel destinations 2007

Based on expert analysis’s from agencies specialized in calculating these kinds of risks – like iJet - Forbes has made a list of the most dangerous travel destinations in 2007. 13 countries get the highest risk ratings:

  • Somalia
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Haiti
  • Pakistan
  • Sudan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Lebanon
  • Zimbabwe
  • Israel, The West bank and Gaza
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Sri Lanka
  • Chad

It ought to create some reflections among leaders and decision makers around the globe, that almost half the countries are in Africa (it definitely created a spark of reflection in me, when I looked down the list and realized that I’ve been traveling to or through close to half of these countries).

Considering the current situation in Kenya nothing indicates that the picture should change in 2008.

Presumably the authors of iJet - Forbes haven't visited London in recent years. 27 teenagers knifed to death in 2007. You don't get that in Tel-Aviv. Russia's not mentioned, neither is China, Laos or Mauritania. The other glaring mistake is calling the West Bank and Gaza countries! They ought to be part of THE Palestinian state - Jordan.

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