If you were thinking that snake charmers or crocodile hunters are some of the most dangerous jobs in Africa you’re wrong. It is usually the jobs were ordinary people put their lives on line for others, that are the most dangerous.
So far 19 journalists have been killed on the African continent doing what they do best: reporting.
Journalists are mostly killed because of the political unrest in the Arab Spring and Northern African countries: Somalia, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has claimed victims.
These countries are driven by wars, revolutions and lawlessness.
Stats: Journalists killed in 2013
Democratic republic of the Congo: 1
South Africa: 1
Of these deaths freelancers, camera operators and photographers are a huge target.
Reporting in countries such as Ethiopia, Libya, Central African Republic isn’t safe either.
Journalists in these countries are constantly threatened, held for ransom, jailed, ousted and sometimes killed in the line of duty.
International journalists are prohibited from entering and reporting in these countries. Traditional, local media is under state control. Even civilian journalists aren’t save in their own countries.
Al Jazeera, a media group in Northern Africa, is under extreme pressure having 17 of their journalists that were thrown in jail for “illegal reporting.”
217 African journalists are forced into exile between 2007 – 2012, because of politics.
Police officers/military troops
13 South African troops have been killed in the Central African Republic.
Police officers are seen as corrupt in South Africa. Instead of them having to protect us they fear for their own safety. Most of them are being murdered by gangs or angry mobs.
The statistics: 100 killed per 100 000
Mineworkers in South Africa have to face low wages and dangerous working circumstances. Deaths are caused mainly by seismic activities and explosions.
34 mineworkers lost their lives in August 2012 for standing up for their rights.
If that isn’t bad enough, there are some unemployed or illegal immigrants that take up illegal mining to make a living. They risk their lives by going into old mines in very unsafe conditions and without the necessary equipment. These mineworkers are claimed by cave-ins and dehydration.
So far there has been 400 out of every 100 000 farmers killed in South Africa. These rates are about 8 times higher than the national average.
Almost 20 years since Apartheid has been abolished in South Africa, the country is still polluted with racism, because of the big economic gap between rich white folks and poor black or coloured families.
Farm workers often turn on their employers, killing them for small compensations: money, guns and cell phones.
Farmers fear for their lives and that of their families. You constantly hear in the news of a farmer and his family that was tortured, raped and/or killed.
With the rise of street protesters in the Arab Spring, no politician or dictator is safe anymore. Former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, had to flee the country fearing for his life. Libya’s dictator, Ghaddafi’s body were dragged through the streets.
Citizens of these countries finally realized that they can change their own fate for standing up to the dictators that has run their countries for too long and trying their hand at democracy.
But in some countries it has been proven difficult to be rid of dictatorship:
The first so-called democratic President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi has been ousted by his own people. Morsi only lasted a year in office until widespread anti-government protests erupted across the country, accusing him and the Muslim Brotherhood trying to run the country as an Islamic state.
Sulet is a writer for Jobvine, a jobs portal providing the latest vacancies in Africa.