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Afghanistan Labeled ‘Least Secure’ Country in the World

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Afghanistan was ranked as the “least secure” country in the world by Gallup’s Law and Order Index, which evaluated 120 countries based on their people’s sense of safety. 

According to the index comprising the most recent results of this institute’s research, which was released on Wednesday, October 26, Afghanistan was ranked as the least secure for people among 120 countries, with a score of 51, while Singapore was rated as the most secure, with a score of 96.

The index is a composite figure based on Gallup World Poll questions about whether people trust their local police, feel safe in their communities, or have been victims of theft or assault in the previous year. Higher scores indicate that a country’s citizens are more secure.

Afghanistan’s score in 2021, albeit low, was an improvement over its previous result in 2019, which was 43 according to Gallup’s survey. The surveys conducted by Gallup in Afghanistan in 2021 were conducted when the US withdrew its troops and the Taliban completed its occupation of the country in August.

On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Kabul and the republican order was fully overturned. Since the Taliban’s militants’ presence in Afghanistan was the main reason for insecurity prior to their invasion, there was a considerable reduction in violence and unrest as soon as they arrived.

According to Gallup’s index, Afghanistan is the country in which the people are “least likely” to feel safe while walking at night alone.

Afghanistan has also retained its position in the Global Peace Index for five years as the world’s “least peaceful” country.

This comes as Afghanistan ranked first as the unhappiest and the most “miserable” country according to Gallup’s Negative Experience Index, based on physical pain, mental disorder, and stress magnified by poverty, anxiety, and unemployment.

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