In the registry of “safe places” in the world, Bangor, Maine ranks high on the list.
A kid was shot in front of the house I am staying in a few nights ago. He, apparently, was fighting some other kids. One of them shot him.
This happens everywhere.
Designating places as being safe or unsafe is often irrelevant, as, most often, it is a person’s actions which determine their safety far more than external factors. Bangor is safe, but, as has been proven, you can be shot in the street here.
Outside of extreme circumstances, the world is a safe place to travel. Don’t fear countries, fear your own actions in those countries, fear situations, fear circumstances.
You can be shot down, robbed, buggered anywhere in the world at any time. Don’t allow the fear instilled by newspaper headlines thwart your travels. Keep your head up, sleep at night, wake up early, look people in the eye, and walk where your legs lead you, and you will find that you can nearly be as safe in a “dangerous country” as in Bangor, Maine.