The riskiest part of your working day perhaps lies in the navigation of a hot cup of Cappuccino from the pantry to your desk. But some people’s job are pants-wittingly terrifying. They are faced with guns, dynamite, bombs and death-threats everyday. Take a look at the 7 scariest jobs in the world.
#7 – Tunneller, USA
The sun is shining but you can’t see it. You are 200 meters underground in a hole at the width of a human. You are literally buried in here for ten hours a day, six days a week. It is hot, wet and claustrophobic. The only light you see is the one that shines from your helmet. The only sound you hear is the deafening machine. Welcome to the tunnel.
You are likely to get an approximately $120,000 a year, but your risk include dying of inhaling hydrogen sulphide that smells like rotten eggs, smashed by shuttle car’s tyre and rim that blew up under pressure and exploding dynamite just meters away from the confined hole.
#6 – Abortion Doctor, USA
In their crusade against America’s abortion clinics, pro-life zealots in the US have turned decidedly pro-death. Since 1993, 7 people, including 3 doctors, 2 clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort have been killed along with 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault and 3 kidnapping committed against the abortion providers.
Last year alone, two unidentified persons were caught setting fire in two clinics in Virginia and New Mexico attempting to burn down the clinic. In April 2007, a package left at a women’s health clinic in Austin, Texas contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death.
Do not be surprised if you walk up to an abortion clinic to find it looking like a drug dealing camp base with strengthen concrete walls, bulletproof windows, steel roof and reinforced doors.
#5 – Politician, Somalia
Cumar Jaamac Saleebaan, new governor of Sool region of Somalia protected by the army
Abdallah Isaaq Deerow, Minister of Constitutional Affairs of the transitional government of Somalia under the leadership of President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed was killed outside a mosque in Baidoa two years ago. Aden Hashi Farah, the leader of the Hizbul Shabaab, was named by Al Qaeda as its leader in the war torn nation. It was also reported by the Associated Press and that the United Nations have attributed 16 killings to him. On May,1 this year, he was killed in a pre-dawn air strike launched by U.S. forces. Mohamed Said Aden, mayor of Bosaso, the fourth largest town in Somalia was shot and killed by gunmen 4 years ago.
In late 2000, a grenade was flung into a hotel where a group of ministers were staying in Mogadishu and in the very same year, 40 militiamen in four armed pick-up truck ambushed a convoy carrying another MP, Ahmed Dualeh Ghelleh, killing four of his staffs and he escaped. The lucky guy then said, “That’s just part of Somalia’s problem.”
#4 – Head of Anti-Mafia Taskforce, Sicily
Despite the Mob’s waning influence, talcking the Sicilain Mafia is still a fairly reckless career choice. Judge Giovanni Falcone, an anti-Mafia prosecutor who along with his car was blown into pieces back in 1992. Falcone’s protégé, Sergio De Caprio who used his codename as captain “Ultimo” never release any of his photographs until his identity was cruelly leaked by former employers. He resigned after that but never lead a normal life after that. He would never go out without armed guards, seldom see his missus and children were forced to hide in bunkers to avoid the cruel mod hitmen.
He was remembered for arresting the boss of the bosses in the Mafia gang, Salvatore “The Beast” Riina and immediately rose to the top of the Mob’s Most wanted list. He earned $2,400 a month for his work.
PS: Sorry to everyone we got our facts wrong Salvatore Riina was not killed – thanks for point that out
#3 – Humanitarian Aid Worker
A woman receives humanitarian aid distributed by the Red Crescent organization to poor families in Baghdad’s Sadr City.
Every year dozens of philanthropic types quit their safe, comfortable jobs to scare their poor mothers by becoming humanitarian aid workers in some of the world’s most dangerous spots. Attacks on humanitarian workers have occasionally occurred, and became more frequent since the 90’s. This is attributed to a number of factors, including the increasing number of humanitarian workers deployed, the increasingly unstable environments in which they work, and increased incidence of internal conflict; resulting violence and miscommunication.
Some of the high profile cases that claims the life of many humanitarian aid workers include the one in 2003 at Baghdad, Iraq which killed at least 24 people and wounded over 100 during a bombing attack of the UN headquarter at the Canal Hotel and execution of 17 workers from Action Against Hunger in Sri Lanka, 2004 during their duty on post tsunami reconstruction. From 1998 – 2003 alone, 241 deaths were reported and with close to 50% of them come from the workers of United Nation programs.
#2 – UN Peacekeeper
U.N. peacekeepers react at the sight of citizens who were killed when Israeli warplanes targeted their vehicles
Since the 50’s, thousands of luckless peacekeepers from the United Nations have been killed in the lines of duty. With their distinctive blue berets and white jeeps, UN troops make themselves an easy target for snipers and ambushes. But that is not the only factor that contributes to the high death toll, landmines, malaria and even occasionally hungry crocodile too boost the body count.
According to UN mission spokesperson, David Wimhurst, “If the parties want peace the UN can be of great assistance but if they don’t it won’t happen. It’s kind of like marriage counseling. But with bullets and bombs.”
#1 – Mayor, Colombia
Cielo Gonzalez running for her life… again
When Elias Torres was ambushed and shot 3 times at close range in broad daylight back in 2000, he became the 19th mayor in Colombia to be assassinated with a period less than 12 months. Between 1998 and 2000, more than 35 Colombian mayors have been murdered, 100 have been kidnapped, and 50 have been threatened.
Early in March last year, Cielo Gonzalez save her own life again for the third time in the 3 1/2 years since she was elected mayor of a rice-farming and cattle city in southern Colombia. The assassins planted two bombs outside the radio station where she would be every Thursday morning; killing four police officers who thought the device had been disarmed. She stays despite the death threats. God knows what drives this crazy woman.