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Exact data about corruption, e.g. sums of money or people involved, cannot be offered, as it is an inherently illegal practice. The closest tool specialized organizations use to assess the overall level of corruption is the people’s perception of this clandestine phenomenon. In a certain community or country, each individual experience involving corruption adds up to that of others. Thus, years long general practice of corruption leave a bold mark on people’s thoughts and emotions. In the long run, corruption in any form alters personal and social attitudes, ethic values and behaviors. Corruption perceived as a widespread practice is historically and sociologically proved to lead, sooner or later, to social unrest or violent events.
Official and unofficial references to Somalia are made in terms of “country out of control”. UN representatives and reports repeatedly described corruption in Somalia as “rampant”. In spite of international efforts to establish institutions and rules to tackle corruption, it seems like the task is a very tough one.
2. North Korea
This country may be the last living example of the perfect “marriage” between absolute power and absolute corruption. For decades, the communist regime has imposed total submission to its citizens. The arbitrary power of the leaders, enforced with medieval like methods, transformed loyalty to the supreme leader into the ultimate ethic value.
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In Sudan, public servants at any level are reportedly known to ask bribes for services citizens are entitled to. Corrupt practices live undaunted, as corruption allegations are never investigated. People of Sudan are frustrated with the low standard of living and complain about daily human rights violations, beside corruption: unemployment, inflation, ongoing conflicts.
People in this country think corruption is the second most important problem they have, after security. Long present corruption is so deeply rooted here that more than two thirds of people think it is O.K. for a civil servant to accept a small bribe if it gets the job done. Moreover, the highly lucrative, yet illegal opium trade in the region makes the government servants prone to bribe taking.
5. South Sudan
The world’s newest country also has the biggest oil resources of the African continent. Despite its huge economic potential, it faces extensive corruption. Less than three years after gaining independence, the new country fell into civil war. Tens of thousands of its people died and another 2 million were displaced.
A country so devastated by war and conflicts needs reconstruction. It is exactly the area of public contracts where corruption seems to flourish in Iraq. It is difficult to fight it because high-rank government officials are thought to benefit from it.
The country is affected by corruption, drug trafficking and clan politics. Corruption in this resource-rich nation is pervasive, with all political power concentrated in the hands of the president who is also prime-minister and controls the Parliament. The government controls most sectors of the economy including this country’s vast natural gas reserves.
This is a country that “succeeded” in a few years to reach top 10 of most corrupt countries in the world. A leading family practically rules the resource-rich country with the help of other influent groups. Government positions can be unofficially sold and bought for the right amount of money. The government had to face fierce international accusation of abuse, forced labor and cruelty against government critics.
For the last few years Libya has been a country upset by turmoil. The government has no real power and fighting between rebels and those loyal to the old administration is still taking place. The power vacuum created by the fall of the previous regime has left open a great opportunity for arms dealers and corrupt military chiefs to take charge and make profits form nourishing the conflicts.