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South Sudan ranks among world least peaceful countries in six years

Juba, South Sudan,

June 02, 2021 – The Global Peace Index has ranked South Sudan among the least peaceful countries in the world with Afghanistan topping the list of the category. The list of the least peaceful countries in the world also includes Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

South Sudan ranks among world least peaceful countries in six years
South Sudan government troops pictured on a pickup after a taking control of a rebel-controlled area in Yambio in 2016 (photo credit: VOA via AP)

Every year, the GPI ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

According to the report seen by Nyamilepedia, the GPI presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

The organization says the rate of violence has gone up during the coronavirus pandemic adding that this has equally increased the rate of economic downfall.

“Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic incurred the largest proportional economic cost of violence in 2020, equivalent to 82, 42, 40, and 37 percent of GDP, respectively,” it added.

“Violence continues to have a significant impact on the world’s economic performance,” GPI says.

“In the ten countries most affected by violence, the average economic impact of violence was equivalent to 36 percent of GDP, compared to just under four percent in the countries least affected by violence,” GPI reported.

Though South Sudan and other affected countries dropped in the rating, the GPI says violence remains one of the most pressing issues for people globally.

“This year’s report looks at the newly released Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll which examines attitudes towards risk and violence across 145 countries.

“The poll found that violence is cited as the biggest risk to daily safety in nearly a third of countries, and is the second most cited risk globally behind road accidents. Worldwide, over 60 percent of people are at least somewhat worried about sustaining serious harm from violent crime,” it added.

Countries that ranked as most peaceful this year are New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal, and Slovenia taking positions one to four, respectively.

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