Cape Town on CNN List of Most Dangerous Cities in The World
I’m no fan of CNN. However, it’s extremely worrying that my ex home town, Cape Town, South Africa made the CNN list ahead of Johannesburg!
The Venezuelan capital Caracas has the highest homicide rate in the world. In Juarez, Mexico, 2,600 people were killed last year in shoot-outs between rival drug cartels. In war-torn Baghdad, Iraq, terrorist bombings continue to take many lives.
These are among the world’s 10 most dangerous cities according to a list released by CNN on Saturday. The list was compiled from consulting firm Mercer’s latest global report on personal safety and quality of life, Foreign Policy magazine’s most recent report on murder rates, and reports by Forbes magazine and an international security watchdog.
The other seven cities on the list are Detroit, U.S.; New Orleans, U.S.; Karachi, Pakistan; Cape Town, South Africa; Moscow, Russia; Beirut, Lebanon; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Caracas is called the world’s “murder capital” with a rate of 130 homicides for every 100,000 people per year. Crime-plagued New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the U.S. with 64 per 100,000 people according to FBI estimates. Cape Town, which will host the World Cup in June, sees an average of eight murders per day, many involving smuggled guns.
Three of the 10 cities — Baghdad, Beirut and Karachi — are in the Middle East. There was no Asian city on the list.
Meanwhile, citing an annual report released by British consulting firm Knight Frank at the end of March, CNN reported on the same day that the title of the world’s most powerful city has shifted from London to New York.