Egypt, South Sudan at opposite ends of new global safety ranking
Egypt is ranked the safest country on the African continent, while six of the 11 least safe countries listed in the 2018 Gallup Global Law and Order report were in sub-Saharan Africa.
The annual rankings measure how much people trust their police force, whether they feel safe walking at night in their communities, and the percentage of those who say they’ve been theft or assault victims in the past year. The results are based on more than 148,000 interviews in 142 countries.
Latin American and Caribbean communities fare the worst in their index scores at 62, with sub-Saharan Africa coming next at 68. Of the least safe nations, South Sudan comes in at 54, with Gabon, Liberia, South Africa, Botswana and Sierra Leone also making the short list.
The highest safety rankings are reported in the United States and Canada.
“Indicators such as these are important to continue to monitor, particularly given that the United Nations is targeting ‘promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies’ as one of its Sustainable Development Goals for the world,” the polling organization said in its report. “In fact, one of the metrics that Gallup tracks worldwide, the proportion of people who feel safe walking alone around the area where they live, is one of the indicators of Goal 16.”
On that metric, some of the same nations – Liberia, Botswana, South Africa and Gabon – came in with some of the lowest rankings. People in Uganda and South Sudan reported some of the world’s highest rates for being victims of theft.
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