The Global Impact of Terrorism Revealed

The Institute for Economics and Peace just released the latest iteration of their Global Terrorism Index for the year 2024. It turns out that 8,352 people lost their lives to terrorism related attacks in the year 2023, which is a 22% increase year over year. It bears mentioning that terrorism attacks themselves have actually dropped to 3,350 in 2023, which is a 23% decrease from the year prior. In spite of the fact that this is the case, the fewer attacks that are occurring appear to be taking more lives than might have been the case otherwise.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that terrorism is happening in fewer countries around the world. 41 countries experienced terrorism in some way, shape or form in 2023, which is down from 57 in 2015. Around 87% of all of the terrorism that occurred across the world happened in just 10 countries, and 45% of terrorism related deaths occurred in three countries namely Burkina Faso, Mali, and Israel.

The Global Terrorism Index for 2024 has been condensed into an infographic because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it more consumable. One of the most interesting things revealed in this list is that Afghanistan and Iraq weren’t at the top of the list. This is the first time this has happened since the index started being compiled 13 years ago.

Global terrorism appears to be occurring much more frequently in Sub Saharan Africa rather than the Middle East. This shifting center is indicative of wider trends, all of which need to be taken as seriously as possible with all things having been considered and taken into account.

It will be interesting to see where things go from here on out, since these terrorism related attacks appear to be getting increasingly deadly by the year. Even America was seen to have a medium level terrorism threat, which just goes to show that hardly any countries are safe from attacks that are conducted by terrorists at this current point in time.

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