Somalia is the fifth least peaceful country in the world, according to the 12th edition of the Global Peace Index.
Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Iraq are the least secure places on Earth, in that order, according to the Index which is published annually by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
This year’s Global Peace Index “shows the world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade”, the IEP said.
“The 2018 [Index] reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in a gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness,” it added.
Once again, Iceland has been ranked the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008.
“Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years. Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia comprise the remaining least peaceful countries,” the institute said.
It is a remarkable improvement for Somalia, which a few years ago was ranked the most dangerous country.
The Horn of Africa nation is recovering from decades of anarchy which followed the overthrow of the military regime of former president Siad Barre in 1991.