Once a thriving city and a center of history, arts, culture, sports, and education in Syria, Aleppo held the title of being the country’s largest city. However, the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 placed the city on the front lines of the conflict. For several years, certain areas of Aleppo were besieged, causing immense suffering and destruction.
Despite the challenges, Aleppo is now slowly recovering, and some of the displaced residents are beginning to return, determined to rebuild their lives and restore the city’s former glory. However, it is important to note that Syria remains a war zone, and due to the ongoing conflict, it is not considered safe for foreigners to travel to the country.
Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is known for being one of the highest-elevated capitals in the world. In the past, its bustling bazaars, magnificent palaces, and enchanting gardens attracted many backpackers. However, it is important to note that the city has become increasingly dangerous, particularly for Western travelers. Kabul has unfortunately become a frequent target for bombings, attacks, and kidnappings.
Juba, South Sudan
Despite being a site known for its remarkable animal migrations, South Sudan, located in Africa, has unfortunately been embroiled in a state of war since 2013. The city of Juba, in particular, has been plagued by ongoing armed conflict and violence, making it unsafe for travel. Presently, foreign visitors in South Sudan are strongly advised to prioritize their safety and make arrangements to leave as soon as possible.
The political situation in Sana’a, Yemen, is currently volatile. In 2015, the Old City of Sana’a, which is one of the country’s four World Heritage sites, suffered significant damage due to bombings. It is strongly advised for foreigners to avoid visiting this city due to the elevated risk of being targeted for terrorist activities and kidnappings.