South Africa 37th most peaceful country in Africa, 127th globally

South Africa 37th most peaceful country in Africa, 127th globally

South Africa has dropped two spots on the Global Peace Index, with high conflict zones El Salvador and Honduras ranking higher on the list.

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SA is the 37th most peaceful nation in sub-Saharan Africa, reports the 2019 Global Peace Index.

Dropping two places in comparison to last year's report, Mzansi ranked 127th on a global scale.

Released every year, the the Institute for Economics and Peace - which analyses the economic cost of violence - the survey takes into account statistics from the United Nations, the Economist Intelligence Unit and other international bodies.

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The survey takes into account militarisation, safety and security and domestic and international conflict.

The Sowetan reports that South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan ranked at the bottom of the list as the world's countries with the least peace.

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Climate change was identified as something that can indirectly increase the chances of violent conflict, impacting resource availability, livelihood security and migration:

"Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa are the two regions most vulnerable to climate-induced security risks due to a high risk of exposure to natural hazards. Globally, the world is sad, stressed and worried."

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