Baghdad is a city of over 7 million people and has been listed as one of the least hospitable places in the world. In 2003, the USA invaded Iraq, leading to a war that raged until 2011, where much of Baghdad’s infrastructure was destroyed. Political instability in the area led to the rise of the terrorist organisation, Daesh, who carried out attacks in Baghd?d and around the world in other countries. In 2017, the country’s Prime Minister declared that Daesh has been defeated. However, shootings, bombings, and kidnappings are still something that the people currently inside of Baghdad have to contend with.
Homicide Risk: HIGH
Extremists groups such as Daesh (ISIS) carry out attacks in Baghdad, especially in hotels, restaurants, political gatherings, and shopping malls. Because of the terrorist groups and warfare in this city, there is a significant risk of being involved with violence and losing your life. Protests regularly take place in the city that often become violent, resulting in deaths. It’s recommended that you keep your political and religious beliefs quiet to avoid violent clashes.’
Transport and Taxis Risk: HIGH
Terrorism in Baghdad make traveling dangerous – terrorist groups create fake vehicle checkpoints to launch attacks on foreigners. The roads are dangerous and fatal road traffic accidents are a frequent occurrence. Only travel in an armored vehicle with an experienced guide.
Mugging Risk: HIGH
Violent crime is common in Baghdad. As a foreigner, you will be a target. It is recommended to keep your valuables safe and to only travel in groups with an experienced guide.
Natural Disaster Risk: HIGH
There is a risk of earthquakes, floods, and droughts in this area. Iraq was flooded in October 2015, which prompted the authorities to declare a state of emergency. Power outages, overflowing sewers, and flooded streets were widespread in Baghdad. Dozens of Iraqis were electrocuted when electrical systems coming into contact with flood water.