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10 Toughest Borders In The World

10 Toughest Borders In The World

Borders are created to separate the countries of the world from each other. And, they are guarded with life in many parts of the world. You would face just an awkward moment with the border security official, if you find yourself unwittingly crossing the border of many parts of the world.

However, there are many borders between countries around the world, where one wrong step will land you in jail for life or you may even die out there. We’ve listed here below 10 of the toughest borders in the world, where there’s no room for error.

1. India-Pakistan Border

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    The conflict between India and Pakistan is nothing new. We can trace it back to 1947A.D. It’s the year Pakistan separated from India. The separation was marked by violence and death of many people.

    After the separation, both countries have fought war three times in total. There are still frequent shootings in the border of these countries. Anyone who crosses the border is branded a spy and faces years of imprisonment. The matter has worsened due to the debate about the authority of Kashmir.

    2. US-Mexico Border

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      The USA and Mexico border is 1,950 miles long and is always the center of the tension. The border between these countries is the major place where many drug cartels operate. As a result, the crime rate around the border regions is very high.

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      It is estimated that nearly twenty thousand people have died since 2007 A.D. in this border. The situation around border became worse, when the Mexican government decided to take down these drug cartels.

      The frequent clash between the government and the drug cartels has made the border between these countries one of the most dangerous borders in the world. Donald Trump even called for the construction of a wall at the border with Mexico, in his infamous speech.

      3. Sudan-South Sudan Border

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        The 22 year long civil war in Sudan ended in 2005A.D, during which nearly two million people died. After the independence referendum, Southern Sudan separated from Sudan. However, the conflict reprised when Southern Sudan laid a claim in Abyei region.

        As a result, Sudan refused to recognize the independence of Southern Sudan. In the subsequent conflict, dozens were killed and thousands of people were displaced from the border. This has turned the 1350 miles border between the countries as one of the toughest in the world.

        4. North Korea-South Korea Border

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          North Korea and South Korea separated in 1948A.D. The two countries were at war, which concluded in 1953A.D. No peace treaties were signed even though both countries removed the troops. So technically, the countries are still at war.

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          In addition to that, the 150miles long borders are full of military fortification and 2 million troops are deployed. Add to the fact that North Korea has a nuclear weapon and has one of the most feared autocratic leaders, the border is the worst nightmare for anyone trying to cross it.

          5. Angola-Democratic Republic of Congo Border

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            Angola and DPR of Congo were once allies. Angola helped the DPR of Congo fight against the Ugandan and Rwandan-backed rebels of the DPR of Congo. However, the relationship between these countries turned sour after the dispute arose about border demarcation and ownership of the offshore oil.

            This has resulted in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of people from both sides. The situation of the women in both countries is much worse. They are subjected to rape and violence from security forces of both sides. Therefore, the 1,560 miles long border is one of the borders to be avoided at all cost especially by women.

            6. Kenya-Somalia Border

            Kenyan security forces get instructions on October 15, 2011 during a search mission near Liboi, Kenya's border town with Somalia, where it is believed two Spanish aid workers kidnapped from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, in the company of five men of Somali appearance were last seen being marched towards the border. The Spaniards, both logistics officers with the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders), are now believed to be in lawless Somalia. Kenyan forces will pursue gunmen accused of a spate of kidnappings of foreigners across the two nations' border, the internal security minister said on October 15. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

              Kenya and Somalia are one of the poorest countries of the world. Both the countries are at civil war. The prime reason for that can be identified as the failure of the states. In addition, there is an anarchy at the border area and the communal violence is at all-time high.

              As a result, the border between these countries is one of the most dangerous borders in the world. The profiteering has made the matter even more serious. Various films have been made addressing these issues. If you want a firsthand experience of the border, it will be advisable to see those films rather than cross the border.

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              7. Venezuela- Colombia Border

              Colombians await to cross the Colombia-Venezuela border in Cucuta, North of Santander department, Colombia on August 20, 2105. Venezuelan Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered part of frontier with Colombia closed after four people were wounded in an overnight attack along the border. Maduro said two men on motorcycles had attacked soldiers involved in anti-smuggling operations along the northwestern border with Colombia and ordered two sections of the border closed for 72 hours. AFP PHOTO/Schneider Mendoza

                The border between Venezuela and Colombia is one of the toughest in the world because of the volatile diplomatic relationship between these two countries. The Colombian government has been accusing Venezuelan government of supporting and harboring the rebels of Colombia.

                Recently, their relationship has improved after the Venezuelan government made an attempt and started taking action against the rebels. As a result, many rebels are returning back to Colombia, so the situation around the border is very serious.

                Colombian rebels have blown many pipelines and attacked the railways around the border. The frequent confrontation between the government and the rebel side has made it one of the most unsafe borders in the world.

                8. Iran- Iraq Border

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                  Iran has theocracy rule and is one of the countries which (supposedly) possesses nuclear weapons. The borders separating these countries are either very poorly marked or totally unmarked in many parts.

                  Even though, it is legal to travel certain parts of Iran and Iraq, if you are found loitering in the border area without a proper document, you will be subjected to imprisonment. The worst case scenario is; you will be branded ‘spy’ and imprisoned for life.

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                  9. Syria- Israel Border

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                    Syria is now among the poorest countries in the world due to existing instabilities. The Israeli officials have been accusing the Syrian government of encouraging the protestors of Syria to cross the border in order to divert the attention away from the internal affairs of the country.

                    Thus, the diplomatic relationship between them is very volatile. This has further led to the worsening of the situation at the border indirectly. It would be wise to remain far away from this border.

                    10. Pakistan- Afghanistan Border

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                      The 1500 mile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is known as the Durand Line is one of the most dangerous places to venture. Once an important trade route, the area is the home of Taliban. Frequent ambushes and military actions have led it to be one of the most dangerous borders in the world.

                      Featured photo credit: Jalopink via i.kinja-img.com

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                      Last Updated on June 8, 2018

                      10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

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                      Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

                      We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

                      However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

                      1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

                      Facebook is eating away your time

                        How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

                        2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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                        Likeaholic

                          When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

                          3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

                          priorities

                            Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

                            4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

                            lack of intimacy

                              Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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                              5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

                              mother baking

                                Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

                                6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

                                drowning

                                  A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

                                  7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                                  sleeping your life away

                                    Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                                    8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                                    wanting what someone else is having

                                      There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                                      9. Sensationalism still sells.

                                      free expression

                                        With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                                        10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                                        gun to mother earth

                                          This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

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