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14 Middle Eastern Countries Safer Than America

The Middle East gets a bad rap as a violent place, but here now are 14 countries where you're less likely to get murdered than in the United States. All data comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Share this with the next person who tells you they'd never visit the Middle East because it's "too dangerous."

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1. Borders matter; war in one place means nothing on the other side of a fence.

It's time to start thinking of the Middle East as a diverse, beautiful, and, most importantly, safe place. How does your country rank? Check out the raw stuff from the UN itself.

Ryan Bohl is a blogger and writer who spent five years in the Persian Gulf from 2009 until 2014. Read more about his travels at Absurd Living.

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