Lack of freedom, poverty, unemployment, war and political instability are just a few of the words used to describe some of the worst countries in the world. The citizens of these countries live in constant fear and danger, but finding a way out of these horrible living conditions is sometimes impossible.
Violent deaths and kidnappings are rampant in Syria since the start of its 2011 civil war.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and even more have been displaced and fled the country to escape the violence. Shootings and bombings between the government and violent extremist groups puts its citizens’ lives in danger on a daily basis. Houses, hospitals and schools have been destroyed by aerial bombs, explosive devices and chemical warfare.
In South Sudan, the landlocked country has been faced with frequent rapes, murder, genocide, political corruption and violence by army officials and militias. The people of South Sudan are plagued by starvation and diseases. 75% of the population doesn’t have access to good healthcare, and an alarming 30% of South Sudanese don’t have access to clean drinking water.
A combination of poor living conditions and a lack of health resources makes Ethiopia one of the worst countries to live in. On average, Ethiopians attend school for only 2.4 years in total. Only 49% of males and 25% of females are able to read. The country suffers from one of the worst doctor-to-patient ratios with one physician for every 40,000 residents. When it comes to
supporting their families, finding a good job is almost impossible. The annual family income in Ethiopia is just $1,428 a year.
Life in North Korea is like being stuck inside a bubble. Ruled by its leader Kim Jong-un, the people of North Korea have to abide by strict rules. Only military personnel and government offi-cials are allowed to own motor vehicles, North Koreans are only allowed to watch television pro-grams that are controlled by the government, and there are even rules on how long their hair can be. Each night, the electricity is shut off, and the country goes completely dark. North Korea also has a history of famine, and millions of people have died from starvation.
Conflict in Yemen has made life unbearable for its inhabitants. Ongoing battles against rebel groups has blocked off the country from receiving aid. Without access to food, millions of people are starving and suffering from malnutrition. More than 14 million people are going hungry and are in dire need of food and medical attention. In Yemen, the major cause of death for children under the age of five is severe acute malnutrition.