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August 3, 2013


I was scanning through the net earlier today, trying to keep myself “in the know” with some of the current issues happening in the world and I came across a brief video of the worlds 10 most dangerous cities.

Of course Venezuela hosts one because of the drug cartels and terrible danger they bring to civilians. Capetown, South Africa was also on the list as were war-torn cities in Iraq, Pakistan, Somolia and Chechnya. Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez is riddled with danger too and although Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is getting much better than it has been in the past; the city is so huge, it still makes the top 10 dangerous cities list.

But what about America the beautiful? What about the ‘civilized’ United States? Would it shock you to find that two of America’s beloved cities made the World’s Top 10 most dangerous cities list?

It shocked me! No cities in the heavily populated Orient made the list. Nor did any of the countries in the ‘terror-ridden’ Middle East.

Don’t we consider ourselves to be more civilized and more humanitarian than much of the world? The reputation many people try to present here in America is one of such great compassion and care for others.

Typhoon Pat

Typhoon Pat

We are the first country to help other parts of the world when devastation strikes. We have a national deficit reaching into the stratosphere yet we always head funding for people all over the world when they are hit with earthquakes and tsunamis.

We rebuild war-torn countries in attempts to help restore humanitarian well-being and bring a more ‘civilized’ way of life into parts of the world we consider ‘barbaric’ and non-humanitarian.

Yet both New Orleans, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan can be found on the list of 10 most dangerous cities in the world.

This list is based on murders and threats of terrorism, not crimes like breaking and entering or fire-setting of vacant property. According to Forbes Magazine, Detroit, Michigan’s murder rate is 43.7 out of every 100,000 people. But New Orleans, Louisiana, which came in as the 6th most dangerous city in the world is known as the murder capital of the United States according to the FBI, in which 52 of every 100,000 people are murdered.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 20, 2005, it left in its path an estimated $150 billion worth of destruction to the Gulf Coast Region, making it the worst disaster in US history.

New Orleans

New Orleans

And now, less than ten years later, after Congress appropriated $116 billion for restoration of the region, the “Big Easy” has become the 6th least ‘easy’ city to avoid murder in.

It sure makes one wonder!


I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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