Postcards From Hell
Postcards From Hell...
All states -- even the most robust -- face some degree of instability. But it takes a complex mix of factors - from disease and abject poverty to terrorism and sectarian conflict -- to earn the designation "fragile state." The 12 economic, social, and political indicators factored into the Fragile State Index (FSI) provide results which suggest that, while all nations face challenges, some are up against seemingly insurmountable odds. This year's Index -- the 10th annual collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace -- assesses 178 countries and ranks each by its total score (the higher a country's score, the weaker the state). The 2014 rankings highlight how much can change in a year, as well as how little: Nine of the top 10 states on the list maintained their unfortunate positions. The following photos depict scenes of conflict and tragedy, but also moments of quiet resilience, in 50 of the world's most fragile states. Editor's note: some of the following images contain graphic content. Above, South Sudanese cattle herders stand among their animals in a field in Terekeka, on April 13. Ali Ngethi/AFP/Getty Images
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