Sunday, 20 November 2011

Postcards From Hell

Worst Failed Countries of the World 60 Failed World Countries: Photos from HellBut as much as we admire the stats and numbers there is no better way but as the photos that demonstrate the degree of failure of a country. The best test is the simplest one, which is that you’ll only know a failed state when you see it.
And these photographs captured by the all seeing eye of the camera are, as they seem, true postcards from hell. As an example, we’ll make a rough start with country No.1: Somalia.
1. SOMALIA
60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell
Somalia has topped the Failed States Index for the last three years — a testament not only to the depth of the country’s long-running political and humanitarian disaster, but also, to the international community’s inability to find an answer. After two decades of chaos, the country is today largely under the control of Islamist militant groups, the most notorious and powerful of which is al-Shabab. A second faction, Hizbul Islam, rivals the former in brutality — it recently executed two Somalis for the crime of watching the World Cup. Off the coast, pirates such as the men pictured here torment passing ships, often holding them hostage for a high price. In 2009, Somali pirates earned an estimated $89 million in ransom payments.

2. CHAD
60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell
Chad’s troubles are often written off as spillover from the conflict taking place in next-door Darfur, Sudan. But this central African country has plenty of problems of its own. An indigenous conflict has displaced approximately 200,000, and life under the paranoid rule of Chadian President Idriss Déby is increasingly miserable. Déby has arrested opposition figures and redirected humanitarian funding to the military in recent years. Matters might soon get worse as the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country’s east, where the bulk of the refugees reside, begins to depart on July 15. Pictured here, local Chadians in the village of Dankouche struggle to share scarce resources such as firewood with a nearby Sudanese refugee camp.
3. SUDAN
60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell
The next year will prove a decisive one for Sudan, perhaps more so than any other since the country’s independence in 1956. In January 2011, the people of South Sudan will vote in a referendum on whether they would prefer to remain an autonomous region — or secede as an independent state. All analysts predict it will be the latter, but they are equally certain that it won’t be so easy. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is likely to cling close to his control of the South, where much of the country’s oil riches lie. This is to say nothing of Darfur, where peacekeepers recently reported an uptick in v****nce with hundreds k***ed. In this scene, children crowd around a U.N. helicopter in the South Sudanese town of Akobo.

4. ZIMBABWE
60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

5. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

6. AFGHANISTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

7. IRAQ

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

8. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

9. GUINEA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

10. PAKISTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

11. HAITI

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

12. IVORY COAST

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

13. KENYA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

14. NIGERIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

15. YEMEN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

16. BURMA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

17. ETHIOPIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

18. EAST TIMOR

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

19. NIGER

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

19. NORTH KOREA (tied with Niger)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

21. UGANDA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

22. GUINEA-BISSAU

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

23. BURUNDI

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

24. BANGLADESH

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

25. SRI LANKA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

26. CAMEROON

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

26. NEPAL (tied with Cameroon)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

28. MALAWI

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

28. SIERRA LEONE (tied with Malawi)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

30. ERITREA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

31. REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

32. IRAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

33. LIBERIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

34. LEBANON

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

35. BURKINA FASO

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

36. UZBEKISTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

37. GEORGIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

38. TAJIKISTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

39. MAURITANIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

40. CAMBODIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

40. LAOS (tied with Cambodia and Rwanda)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

40. RWANDA (tied with Cambodia and Laos)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

43. SOLOMON ISLANDS

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

44. EQUATORIAL GUINEA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

45. KYRGYZSTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

46. COLOMBIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

47. TOGO

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

48. SYRIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

49. EGYPT

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

50. BHUTAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

51. PHILIPPINES

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

52. COMOROS

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

53. BOLIVIA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

54. ISRAEL/WEST BANK

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

55. AZERBAIJAN

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

56. PAPUA NEW GUINEA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

56. ZAMBIA (tied with Papua New Guinea)

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

58. MOLDOVA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

59. ANGOLA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

60. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

60 Failed World Countries: Photos from Hell

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