Terrorism has become a global problem today, with more and more countries coming under the grip of this dreadful epidemic, which has been claiming millions of innocent lives every year. A special index called Global Terrorism Index (GTI) has been devised to establish a ranking for countries in terms of terrorist activity. The index has based the ranking on the terrorist attacks which have taken place in these countries in the past 10 years. It has helped evaluate the worst countries to live in, in terms of safety against terrorism.
Here is a list of top 10 worst affected countries by terrorism:
Thailand is one of the worst places when it comes to terrorism, with the South Thailand region being particularly affected by the insurgency. It has been given a rating of 7.19 on GTI.
With a GTI rating of 7.29, the small nation of Philippines makes it on number 9 among the worst afflicted countries by terrorism. The rebel Islamic terrorist groups like Jemaah Islamiyah, Moro National Liberation Front and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, have been responsible for the dangerous conditions in the country.
Featuring next on the list of top 10 worst affected countries by terrorism is Yemen, where the terrorism situation worsened in September 2014 as the government was overthrown by the rebel group called the Houthis. The GTI has rated Yemen at a score of 7.31.
Somalia has been facing terrorism on the hands of Al Qaeda for the past two decades, with its people living in the shadow of constant fear. It is rated at 7.41 in GTI.
India, with a score of 7.77 on GTI, comes on number 6 in the list of top 10 worst affected countries by terrorism. The country has been on the receiving side of terror attacks, both from internal as well as foreign based terrorist groups.
Another country which has been ravaged by terrorism and civil war since a long time is Syria. It has been rated as 8.12 on GTI, with the violence taking toll of as many as 300000 lives in the country.
Next on the list is Nigeria, the African nation with 8.58 on the GTI ranking. The citizens of the country have been tortured by an Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram, which has been engaged in kidnapping of men, women and children for decades now.
The Islamic nation of Pakistan is one of the worst affected by terrorism, with terrorist groups like Harkat-e-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-i-Taliban carrying out their operations in the country. It gets a rating of 9.37 on GTI.
Featuring next on the list of top 10 worst affected countries by terrorism is the violence ridden nation of Afghanistan, with the score of 9.39 on GTI. The country is witnessing bloodshed and violence on the hand of the Taliban, with massacres and blasts being the order of the day.
The country which has the worst terrorist situation in the world is Iraq, with a full score of 10 on 10 on the Global Terrorism Index. Continuous violence between Shia and Sunni sects as well as presence of terrorists groups like ISIS has made life living hell in the country.
Some other countries plagued by this deadly curse are Russia, Kenya, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and Columbia.