8 Of the World’s Most Volatile And Dangerous Borders That Have Affected Millions Of Lives
Every country on planet earth is dealing with its own brand of conflict. But there are some whose troubles begin at their very borders.
International borders are often militarized and crawling with defensive forces, but there are some that beat out the rest as the most dangerous in the world.
#1 Cambodia and Thailand
The Preah Vihar temple stands as an object of conflict between the two countries. The area is believed by Thailand to be their’s and any misunderstanding caused only by a map that was incorrectly drawn when the French occupied Cambodia.
Even though the place has technically been awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice, skirmishes still continue along the heavily armed border forcing many local people to flee and seek refuge elsewhere.
#2 India and Pakistan
Often thought as being one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, the Indo-Pak border is the culmination of years of animosity built between the two countries after Partition. A line of control is still active with portions of Kashmir being under control of each country.
Despite multiple attempts at peace, both countries have also amassed significant nuclear weaponry only heightening pre-existing tensions.
#3 Niger and Chad
The militarist group by the name of Boko Haram has occupied the area making it one of the most volatile in the world.
Chad sent multiple troops to ease the conflict in the border regions of Bosso which led to thousands of locals fleeing the region. Both nations have also known to combine operations to fight off the menace.
#4 Afghanistan and Pakistan
The region of Kabul has been fraught with turmoil for a long time considering that they did not recognize the Durand line as their separation with Pakistan. The UN has claimed that about 1.7 million refugees from Afghanistan are currently residing in Pakistan.
Pashtuns who live in both Pakistan and Afghanistan have been asking for a liberated Pashtunistan creating further conflict in the region.
#5 North and South Korea
Very much the Mukesh and Anil of the world, the conflict between the two countries reached international notoriety mainly due to the reputation of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. There is a current ceasefire between the two countries but considering the lack of any official declaration, lasting peace in the region is not guaranteed.
With North Korea having deployed nuclear weaponry to the region, there is heavy armament on both sides, especially with scrutiny paid to the de-militarized zone.
#6 Sudan and South Sudan
At the close of a 22-year long civil war, about 50,000 were counted dead and thousands displaced from the region. Kordofan, the border state of the Sudanese has been a site for many conflicts between the relatively young nations.
Both nations have heavy deployments in the region with the Southern Sudanese known to conduct ambush attacks to try gain control over southern Kordofan.
#7 Colombia and Ecuador
The Colombian rebel group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces Of Colombia have caused havoc in the region and burrowed into Ecuador. The Colombian government has also been known to send troops to the region to deal with the FARC. The violent methods utilised by the FARC has forced many people off their lands across the border.
Conflict arose when the Ecuadorian government insisted that the Colombian military had no business crossing the border and was further flamed when Colombia accused Ecuador of harbouring terrorists.
#8 USA and Mexico
The border shared by the USA and Mexico is infamous for illegal immigration and gained global attention recently after Trump’s emphasis on his desire to build a wall. The negation of the open door policy between the two countries, increasing xenophobia, as well as the increased policing in the region has led to the death of multiple immigrants attempting to cross through the desert.
The El Paso Juarez region, known for drug trafficking and smuggled goods, has also contributed to the increased conflicts in the area.
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