Countries With the Most Conflict Deaths

Name the 12 countries who suffered the most deaths due to an armed conflict in the years 2016–2021.
According to this source
Includes organized gang warfare, but doesn't include murders
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: June 14, 2022
First submittedJune 18, 2015
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Country
190,000
Afghanistan
170,000
Mexico
130,000
Syria
91,000
Yemen
49,000
Iraq
30,000
Nigeria
28,000
Ethiopia
23,000
Somalia
18,000
Myanmar
18,000
D. R. Congo
13,000
South Sudan
8,800
Libya
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Level 84
Jun 18, 2015
Got everything. Good quiz.
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2017
+1, but then any time I get them all correct I think it's a good quiz. :)
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Level 87
Jun 15, 2022
Good times for everyone involved. Except those 12 countries.
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Level 59
Oct 26, 2015
Haven't actually done this quiz. Just had to say that of all the subjects to do a quiz about - what a horrible subject to choose. Hardly fun entertainment.
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Level 86
Oct 26, 2015
Well, yeah...with that attitude. Learning something new is always entertaining, and I was surprised by some of the answers to this quiz. Now I will go do some research to find out why. Bringing attention to these problems may lead to some answers. I'm not saying Jetpunk is single-handedly going to stop any wars, but you shouldn't doubt the power of the Quizmaster! ;)
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Level 64
Oct 26, 2015
Not everything has to be positive, we're just testing our knowkedge. However, I agree that using the ISIS symbol on the thumbnail is kind of crossing a line.
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Level 73
Sep 17, 2017
Why do you think it's crossing a line? They're responsible for a good number of the deaths.
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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2015
Look on the bright side. Worldwide violence is near all-time lows.
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Level ∞
Aug 13, 2017
Looking at the numbers, I wonder if there has ever been, in recorded history, a three-year span with so few conflict deaths. There is a good chance that we are living in the most peaceful epoch in all of human history. (Knocks on wood).
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Level 76
Aug 14, 2017
God, you would never think that given our constant bombardment with bad news. Every time I hear that crime is at an all time low in the United States I immediately think "that's not possible."
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Level 74
Aug 18, 2017
Reports of conflict and crime are at all-time highs - we simply have more access to information than ever in history. So, there is an observational bias that makes it seem worse than ever.
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Level 84
Apr 3, 2020
It's not just access to information but also the multiplication of information sources and the arrival of the 24-hour news cycle and clickbait media. But there have always been doomsayers claiming that the time in which they lived was the worst ever and the end was near... this goes back to prehistory.
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Level 53
Aug 31, 2022
I fear this is not aging very well...
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Level 84
Aug 31, 2022
Dela: it has aged just fine. Not that there isn't cause to be concerned about some things happening in the world.
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Level 59
Oct 26, 2015
Ignoring the world's problems is a great way to solve them!
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Level 31
Apr 3, 2020
Well shut up and don’t do the quiz rather than complain
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Level 61
Apr 3, 2020
Good attitude because it will go away if there are no quizzes about it.
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2020
Haven't actually read the newspaper or watched the TV news. Just had to say that of all the subjects to do a world news story about - what a horrible subject to choose. Hardly fun entertainment.
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Level 42
Aug 31, 2022
Well, who said a quiz has to be fun? If anything, it's informative. I had no clue Mexico was ranked 2nd on the list. I would've thought it'd be a war-torn country. So I learned something new.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2022
I was referring back to an earlier comment by beccimoo.
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Level 55
Nov 6, 2016
I missed Libya -__-
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Level 72
Aug 14, 2017
I find this very interesting, but I would also suggest that quiztakers consider that these numbers likely do not tell the entire story. We can only be as accurate as the Wikipedia-aggregated data is, and it's quite likely that there are a lot of unreported conflict deaths- first thoughts go to Mali, Myanmar, China, Philippines, and the like.
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Level 50
Oct 11, 2017
Surprised Mali isn't on this list.
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Level 88
Oct 12, 2017
I am not sure how they derive the Mexico numbers. Even though it's a horrible situation, I wouldn't consider them deaths due to conflict. There is no active international or armed civil insurrection between avowed political entities looking to destroy/support regimes. I think it would be better more correct to call the the deaths criminal.
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Level 61
Oct 12, 2017
Gang warfare in Mexico isn't really gangbangers killing each other in drive-bys. It's more like private armies fighting each other and the government.
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2017
The inclusion of Mexico seems odd to me, too. Corrode has a point; the violence there between the drug cartels and the government is on a whole different level than most places. Even when the FBI went to war against the KKK and the Mafia it didn't really compare. But... it's still in my mind not the same thing as a civil war. These aren't separatists or invaders or sectarian factions attempting to overthrow the government. They are criminals. Extremely powerful well-armed criminals that the government in Mexico may not be competent enough to deal with effectively, but criminals nonetheless. Do they count shoot outs between drug dealers and cops as conflict deaths in other countries?
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2017
And you wonder why Trump wants a wall?
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Level 78
Apr 19, 2018
Besides the reasons offered by Kalbahamut - from a logical and financial standpoint, when has building a wall ever been a permanent solution to any problem in history: The Great Wall, Hadrian's Wall, walled cities, Atlantic Wall, Maginot Line or the Berlin Wall (which became nothing more than a symbol for oppression and hate)? Ultimately none of them achieved the desired outcome. Is there a wall cycle where someone makes the same mistake of thinking it will be a cure all every century or so? I'm sincerely asking a group of intelligent people is the wall a good idea or is it treating a symptom and not the cause?
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Level 84
Jun 17, 2018
There have been walls in history that served a purpose effectively. But if the one that Trump talked about building on the border was supposed to be to stop an invasion by Mexican drug cartels that's a $70 billion solution to a problem that doesn't exist that wouldn't work anyway.
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2020
I usually agree with alot that Kalbahamut says, but what other countries have a wide open border through mostly desert and open land that is so vulnerable to allowing drugs and criminals come unimpeded into the country? Also without a wall, better border patrol, and stronger laws against illegal immigration, how long before that conflict spills into our country from Mexico. don't judge and make ignorant statements unless you know the actual facts.
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Level 84
Apr 5, 2020
um. Russia, China, Mongolia, Mali, Algeria, Mauritania, Mexico, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Canada.... etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.. should I go on? Because building a thousand-mile long concrete wall to stop drug trafficking which mostly takes place at legal border checkpoints and immigration which mostly takes place legally at airports is a ridiculous child's solution?

And despite the huge size, the US-Mexican border is one of the most diligently patrolled in the world. Though, when asked what would make their jobs easier, border patrol agents list things like drones, cameras, and personnel above walls that would be significantly more expensive and less effective. I agree, don't make ignorant statements unless you know the actual facts.

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Level 16
Apr 27, 2022
1) People aren't flooding the border to get into Russia, China, Mongolia, Mali, ect...I know you were just answering his question, but answering it within the context of similar situations would've been more pertinent.

2) I think Trump suggested the wall where there aren't natural barriers. Many of the places you listed have several.

Walls have worked/not worked throughout history. There are countless examples on both sides. The fact is one side in American politics encourages illegal immigration while another does not. If you agree with immigrants being in America illegally, that is your opinion. In fact, it's not even that unpopular of one. That is fine.

But if you don't, the suggestion of a wall between the USA and Mexico (a divide which Mexico has at least six populated urban areas) is not unheard of nor unreasonable. The fact that we're having this conversation in a quiz which cites Mexico as having 170,000 armed conflict fatalities is a pretty good indicator of that.

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Level 66
Aug 31, 2022
Many countries around the world have border walls, and more are being built all the time. They aren't panaceas but are often very effective.

The most famous case is probably Israel, where the controversial "separation barrier" with the Palestinian Territories reduced suicide bombings from killing hundreds of Israelis a year to almost none at all.

Source: https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/countries-with-border-walls

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/article-711442

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Level 84
Aug 31, 2022
The Israeli separation/security wall is 70 km long. The US-Mexico border is 3,145 km long. Like I said... ridiculous child's solution. The parts of the border where it makes sense to have some kind of barrier already have them.
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Level 73
Aug 31, 2022
"Ridiculous child's solution". Perfectly said. Amazing that we are in 2022 now, with all that's happened, and there are STILL people defending that moronic wall.
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Level 84
Sep 2, 2022
to say nothing of how amazing it is that there are still people defending the M that proposed it.
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Level 31
Feb 16, 2020
What even is happening in Mexico are they in a war or something
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Level 53
Apr 23, 2020
I know. I had no idea. Presumably it's just not news any more.
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2017
Nooooooooooo forgot Ukraine. Nice quiz though!
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2017
Only missed Mexico. Never occurred to me.
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Level 74
Oct 12, 2017
Quizmaster, have you ever considered making a Jetpunk mobile phone app?
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2017
Yes, I've thought about it, but the expense of making apps is too high.
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Level 60
Oct 13, 2017
Charge us with maybe an additional bonus of removing advertisements. Even with ads am ready to pay.
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Level 39
Sep 25, 2019
Why not consider making Multiplayer board games like tic tac toe connect 4 etc, at the home page can there be an option saying Online Quizzes, underneath can it say 'Multiplayer' in each jetpunk language. Also can there be more badges, like the European badge Asian badge African badge Oceanian Badge North American Badge South American Badge, and the United States badge the Soccer badge and lots of other sport badges. On the ranking charts can you make top 500.
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Level 54
Oct 2, 2019
This is actually very sad. So many people died for crimes they didn't commit :(
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Level 26
Oct 8, 2019
Mexico...
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Level 59
Jan 20, 2020
Missed Somalia and Libya.
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Level 51
Jan 20, 2020
Why’s Ukraine on here? Donetsk and Luhansk war is that bad?
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2020
Russia invaded and occupied Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. They've been fighting a hot war ever since, though deaths lately have been pretty minimal.
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Level 61
Jan 25, 2020
It's not that crazy in amounts of dead people, but not that many wars happened in 2014-2016 and peak of death in Ukrainian one was in 2014-2015. That's why it's in top(
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Level 71
Sep 20, 2021
It's late 2021, and I completely forgot the conflict in Ukraine. I think it's still going on, but I assume that either it's not as serious as it was 6 years ago or the media doesn't care about it.
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Level 71
Mar 15, 2022
Well they certainly care about it now...
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Level 71
Jun 16, 2022
Damn, that comment I made 9 months ago aged poorly. Although ironically, Ukraine is off this list now, probably because the data only goes up to 2021.
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Level 84
Aug 31, 2022
Yes. They would be somewhere between Mexico and Nigeria if you updated this for 2022, assuming that Russian casualties in Ukraine would get counted as part of the total for Ukraine. But... even before 2022 there were more deaths there than the totals given here for Libya or South Sudan. Not sure why they're not on the list anymore.
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Level 55
Aug 31, 2022
The statistics are currently for 2016-2021, when the conflict was mostly frozen. The updates are probably made using a moving six year window.
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Level 31
Feb 16, 2020
Could you make a live quiz room in here so it’s like people against other people
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Level 87
Apr 3, 2020
What?
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Level 31
Apr 3, 2020
You know live a place where people can compete live in quizzes against one another
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Level 87
Apr 3, 2020
I don’t think that exists yet. The closest we have to what I think you’re asking is the Even Split Game.
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2020
Making anything that's "live" requires very complex programming, unlike anything on the site right now. It's very unlikely to ever happen, in my opinion. The best you can do is share quizzes with your friends and compete against them in real time.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2020
Jeez, Russia invading Ukraine is no joke
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Level 40
Feb 28, 2022
.................
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Level 39
Apr 7, 2022
This aged well
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2020
You might want to remane the quiz to "Countries With the Most Conflict Deaths."
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Level 87
Jun 15, 2022
Sounds hairy.
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
My god, how in the world did I not get Afghanistan?

I'm in the f'ing Army too.

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Level 59
Apr 3, 2020
1:11 remaining lets gooo
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2020
organized crime is killing more people everyday than covid-19
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Level 84
Apr 3, 2020
give it time
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2020
Not sure exactly what point this post is intended to make, but 1) COVID-19 kills indiscriminantly. Organized crime usually only targets people who get involved with it (not that makes those lives less meaningful, but there is a different sense of panic knowing that death could strike at random as it does with the virus. 2) Governments have been doing everything they can for a very long time to manage organized crime's effect on society. Our defense mechanisms have been refined over decades to minimize its harm. COVID-19 sprung up overnight and spread like wildfire. The infrastructure is not in place to cope with it. Whatever comparison you're trying to draw is facile and unhelpful.
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
Man, people really keep looking for new ways to downplay the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. "The flu kills more people a year", "It's only dangerous if you're older than 50", "it's only dangerous to people who aren't of our religious denomination" and just a pile of other excuses that go along the lines of "we're perfectly fine because we can't seem to grasp the reality that we might be in actual danger".

The pandemic is serious and a lot of people are going to die because of it. Organized crime may kill more people, but a virus kills indiscriminately.

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Level 84
Apr 3, 2020
The ER where I used to work is currently swamped beyond capacity trying to deal with all the COVID-19 patients or those who suspect they might be infected. Their resources have been stressed to the breaking point. There are people dying in the ICU daily.

On the other hand I worked there for 2 years and I think in that time I may have seen ONE patient come in who was the victim of organized crime? Maybe two?

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Level 84
Apr 20, 2021
I told you so?
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Level 55
Jan 23, 2022
wish that was still true tbh :(
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Level 84
Aug 31, 2022
Evan: yeah, not even close. But the anti-science/anarchist/pro-virus crowd will just move the goal posts and find some other talking point once whatever they were saying before has become or been shown to be wrong.
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Level 43
May 17, 2020
I'm surprised Burma isn't there. Hah or North Korea
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Level 73
Jun 15, 2022
Try Myanmar :-)
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Level 83
Aug 31, 2022
There are no conflict deaths in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, my friend. Dear Leader says so.
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Level 84
Aug 31, 2022
Regardless of what the dear leader does or doesn't say, the last time there was an active conflict on the Korean peninsula was 70 years ago (so before 2016).
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Level 56
Oct 5, 2021
Letter T Scavenger Hunt Answer (see my blog)
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Level 59
Aug 31, 2022
When will Ukraine and Russia be added?
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Level 48
Aug 31, 2022
Next year when the 2022 data is added.
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Level 64
Aug 31, 2022
I was surprised to not see the philippines war on drugs make the list. Wikipedia says around 6,000 deaths which seems lower than I expected considering the amount of news coverage it got back when it was happening.