You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is head to the bathroom. Unfortunately, water does not come out of the tap and the flush does not work. What makes it worse is that you really did not get that much sleep the night before because the electricity just keeps going on and off. Heading to work is also such a hassle because the trains and buses do not run on time, traffic is hell and the roads are full of potholes. Work itself is a challenge because Internet connection is spotty and intermittent at best.
What the hell! And indeed, that is the best way to describe such a place where infrastructure is practically non-existent. Here are the 10 worst places to live in the world.
10. Antananarivo, Madagascar
Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar. Formerly known as Tanananrive, it is also known as Tana, which is what it was called during the French colonial period. The city is considered to be the administrative, economic and communications center of the country, which does not really say that much about the infrastructure in the rest of Madagascar.
9. Bangui, Central African Republic
Bangui is the capital of the Central African Republic. It is located within the OmbellaM’Poko prefecture, though as the capital city, it is considered to be an independent commune and not under any prefecture. It is the country’s administrative, trade and cultural center. Several neighborhoods are located in low-lying areas and are constantly severely flooded. The city regularly sees civil strife brought about by mutinies of soldiers and coup attempts. It is regularly ranked as one of the worst cities in the world to live in.
8. Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos is the most populous city of Nigeria. It used to be its capital city before 1991. It is one of the fastest growing cities not only in the continent but in the entire world. This has further increase the strain in the infrastructure of the city. Lagos actually experienced a period of rapid growth and economic boom, but the civil war in the country put an end into it. Still, the city actually has one of the most extensive road networks in West Africa, as well as one of the largest airports in the continent. An extensive railway system that will run across the width, length and breadth of the city is still in its planning stage.
7. Abuja, Nigeria
Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, officially replacing Lagos in 1991. It is one of the ten most populous cities in the country. While it is a planned city, it has seen a huge influx of people from other areas of the country. As a result, satellite towns and smaller settlements have emerged, like the Karu Urban Area, Suleja, Gwagwalada, Lugbe and Kuje. While the population only stood at 776,298 in 2006, it has almost tripled in only a period of six years.
6. Conakry, Guinea
Conakry is the largest city and the capital of the African nation of Guinea. It faces the Atlantic Ocean and the city has a port to take advantage of this feature. It also serves as the center for finance, culture and economy of the entire country. No official census has actually been made to ascertain its population figure, but estimates put the number at around two million. This is equivalent to almost 25 percent of the country’s entire population, which is a reflection of how the city is bursting at its seams. Power and water cuts are regular occurrences due to a drought and the failure of its old machineries. Traffic lights are turned off at night, further endangering the city’s already fragile infrastructure.
5. Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali is the largest city and capital of Rwanda. It is located right in the middle of the country, making it the nation’s center not only economically and culturally, but also literally geographically. It is also considered to be the transport hub of the country. It has hourly routes to all the major towns, but they stop frequently to pick up and drop off passengers along the route, making the rides really long and stressful. The city has actually been experiencing a boom the past few years as Rwanda has been recording high levels of growth. Still, around a quarter of the city do not even have access to clean water.
4. Brazzaville, Congo
Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Congo. The city is home to officially only 1.4 million people, but if the population in the Pool Region is included, the number swells to around 11 million. it has been the unfortunate staging ground of conflicts between government forces and rebels, as well as between the forces of the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. A bloody civil war ravaged the city in the 1990s.
3. Sana’a, Yemen
Sana’a is the capital of Yemen. It can also be spelled as Sanaa or Sana. It is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is also one of the highest capital cities in the world as it is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters. It is considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is no rail network in the city and a fourth of its population is unemployed.
2. Baghdad, Iraq
Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and the second largest city in the Arab world after Cairo in Egypt. It has a population of over 7.2 million. It has suffered severe damage to its infrastructure brought about by war and sectarian violence that has lasted for 10 years now. It is one of the least hospitable places in the world and has one of the worst quality of living as well.
1. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of Haiti. It hosts half the country’s entire population at 3.7 million people. Slums abound in the hillsides located above the city. Its infrastructure took a huge hit in 2010 after a catastrophic earthquake hit the country. Both the seaport and the airport were damaged as a result, not to mention the devastation wrought upon several of its most important buildings.