10 Fronteiras mais Perigosas do Mundo

10 Most Dangerous Borders of the World

10. Cambodia and ThailandCambodia and Thailand
For years, Cambodia and Thailand have fought over the Preah Vihear temple, situated along the border. Thailand argues that the area was never fully demarcated and blames a map drawn at the beginning of the 20th century during the French occupation of Cambodia for the lack of clarity. Following a lengthy dispute, the International Court of Justice in 1962 awarded the 11th-century Hindu temple to Cambodia. But the dispute over the 1.8-square-mile area around the holy site has never been resolved. Tensions between the two Southeast Asian neighbors have escalated in recent years, fueled in part by Cambodia's successful 2008 UNESCO application to have the temple declared a World Heritage site, something the Thai government backed at the time but has since been pushed by nationalist groups to oppose.

9. Venezuela and Colombia
Venezuela and Colombia
Hundreds of leftist rebels leaving Venezuela and re-entering Colombia.
The diplomatic relations were severed after then Colombian President Álvaro Uribe brought a complaint against Venezuela before the Organization of American States. Uribe accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez of supporting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in their 47-year campaign to overthrow the Colombian state.

8. Colombia and Ecuador
Colombia and Ecuador
Though Colombia and Ecuador are by no means geopolitical foes, their shared border has become a hotspot thanks to the presence of FARC rebels, a violent group that finances itself with drug deals, in the region. While the rebels keep the guns, both countries point fingers.

7. Afghanistan and Pakistan
Afghanistan and Pakistan
The border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan has long been one of the most dangerous and lawless places in the world. Kabul refuses to recognize the 1,500-mile-long Durand Line as an international border with Pakistan, instead claiming for itself the Pashtun territories in northwest Pakistan that comprise the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to the United Nations, more than 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees live in Pakistan, a legacy of decades of instability, occupation, and civil war. The ongoing border frictions are due in large part to tribal allegiances that span the century-old frontier. Forty percent of Afghanistan's population is made up of Pashtuns; in Pakistan, the figure is about 15 to 20 percent. Many Pashtun nationalists on both sides of the Durand Line continue to demand an independent state of Pashtunistan.

6. Yemen and Saudi Arabia
Yemen and Saudi Arabia
Yemen and Saudi Arabia
The border shared by Saudi Arabia and Yemen is not unlike the border shared by the U.S. and Mexico in that it has become a focal point thanks to hoards of immigrants looking to improve their lot. Yemenis have historically flooded over the border, which is a physical presence thanks to a wall erected by the Saudis. And if patrols weren't enough, there is always the desert.

5. Mexico and U.S.
Mexico and USA
Mexico and USA
Thanks to the escalating Drug War and the flow of migrants across the increasingly militarized desert zones of southern Mexico, America can safely boast that it now has one of the world's most dangerous borders. If the drug cartels and immigration police don't target you, there is always the desert, where hundreds die of thirst.

4. Israel and Syria
Israel and Syria
Israel and Syria
Missile strikes have done nothing to improve relations between Syria and Israel; the ongoing fighting in Syria isn't helping either. Though all of Israel's borders are dangerous, the Syrian border is particularly so because of the instability that lies just to the north and the Israeli fear that it could result in incursions.

3. Bangladesh and India
Bangladesh and India
Because having one terrifying border isn't enough, India built up a second. Though parts of the border between India and Bangladesh are beautiful jungles, the whole area is incredibly dangerous for Bangladeshis (or anyone who might look Bangladeshi) thanks to India's "Shoot to Kill" policy, which makes U.S. immigration look positively friendly.

2. Pakistan and India
Pakistan and India
Pakistan and India
Pakistan and India are famous for their nuclear jockeying and outspoken distaste for each other. That said, while these countries guns are pointed across the border, they've also found a way to coexist and bring in tourist dollars by creating an angry spectacle of military might along the Kashmiri border, where visitors can cheer on the military they support.

1. South Korea and North Korea
South Korea and North Korea
South Korea and North KoreaThe two Koreas have been staring each other down for so long that the border area between them has become a flourishing natural park and a major area tourism attraction. That said, the landscape bristles with landmines and tanks. Yellowstone, this is not.


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