1. Sderot, Israel. Population 24,000.
Israeli civilians sitting atop a hill in the city of Sderot watch as two Palestinian rockets fly towards southern Israel, before a ceasefire November 21, 2012.
Sderot is located one kilometer from the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip.
Over the last ten years Sderot has been a front-line target for Palestinian terrorist factions. Over 4,200 rockets have been launched into the village in that time.
The rockets are unguided and typically strike domestic, non-military targets.
Parts of the city has been evacuated multiple times by the Israeli government in times of intense attacks.
11 citizens of Sderot have perished by these indiscriminate rockets.
But the people of Sderot remain defiant and have found strong support in the international community.
The citizens of Sderot remain vibrant and children play amid the solders stationed there.
And they have even turned their bomb shelters into colorful works of art.
2. London, England. Population 8.174 million.
Londoners are no stranger to intimidation and terror.
Throughout the London Blitz, over a million incendiaries and around 50,000 high explosive bombs were dropped on London by Nazi bombers.
Each red dot on this map of downtown London represents a high-explosive bomb dropped between September 7th,1940 and May 21st, 1941.
Including one dropped right in front of the BuzzFeed London offices!
But even in the face of immense devastation, the citizens of London kept a “stiff upper lip.”
Osama bin Laden’s last terror plot was committed in London on the morning of July 7th, 2005.
52 civilians and four bombers were killed in the attacks, and over 700 more were injured.
But in spite of being the target of over 100 various terror plots in the last century, London remains a vibrant cultural melting pot.
3. Mumbai, India. Population 18.41 million.
Since 1993, Mumbai has been the victim of 9 mass terror bombings.
The bombings, have been committed by various terror organizations and have claimed the lives of over 500 people.
A massive, coordinated attack in 2008 conducted by a Pakistan-based militant organisation, killed 164 people and wounded at least 308.
But the people of Mumbai are vigilant against the terror.
To the dismay of those terror groups, Mumbai remains one of the fastest growing population and trade markets in the world.
Terror attacks have claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 in New York over the last 20 years.
The city will never forget the losses and remains vigilant against further attacks.
But that does not stop the New York from building bigger, higher and stronger than ever.
New York City remains a vibrant, colorful city with a bright economic future.
“I’m gonna make a brand new start of it, In old New York”
5. Baghdad, Iraq. Population 7.216 million
Violence remains an every-day occurrence after 10 years of political upheaval and insurgency in Baghdad.
The city most recently suffered a deadly attack meant to deter Iraq’s free elections, which took place successfully on the 20th of April.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the cafe in the west of the city, killing 27.
Iraqi women courageously continue to use the rights granted them under the new Constitution.
Those include equal voting and education opportunities for both women and men in Iraq.
Along with the freedom to practice ones own religion.
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in northern Baghdad.