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DISCLAIMER FOR THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS PLACES BOOKS AND CONTENT:
If you decide to wax up your Discover card and actually go to some of the locations described in this book, please remember that visiting these places may likely get you killed or earn you the nickname Stumpy. On the other hand, since more people are injured in their homes than outside them, you may be safer traveling to some of the places in this book. So remember, this is a book about dangerous places, dangerous people and dangerous things. If you are one of those people who doesn’t know the difference between phone sex and everlasting love, quickly put this book back on the shelf. Nothing in this book will get you out of a Somali jail and no one in Chechnya gives a damn if you really are a nice person and make a mean chocolate mousse. War zones reek of the smell of diesel, death, vomit and musty blown-up buildings. There is nothing photogenic, amusing or entertaining about other people’s suffering. We do not (as we have been accused of in the Sunday London Times) endorse, encourage or approve of travel to dangerous areas unless you are there for a purpose and fully understand the risks involved.
Areas of conflict change daily, land mines are laid every night, and dictators move in and out of presidential mansions faster than summer replacement sitcoms. We’ve been taken to task by institutions like Outside magazine for our overly verbose disclaimer, but the bottom line in DP is about how to avoid danger.
Although we have traveled to (and continue to travel to) the regions in this book, much of the information is gathered from secondhand sources when we feel it is more accurate than our firsthand reports. War zones, Third World countries and nasty places are very mercurial places with no one really knowing what’s going on at any one time. Situations change by the hour. We ask a lot of questions, and we write down the answers that make sense. We avoid recounting our interviews with politicians and zealots, and sometimes people tell us the wrong answer or, God forbid, just lie. We check out as much as we can, but we use a lot of common sense and street smarts in translating what we see and hear. So use this book and other sources as pieces of the puzzle. If you choose to travel to dangerous places, get your information updated by knowledgeable people before you go. Ask the embassy, police, locals, bus drivers and farmers what’s going on. But remember, even if you think you have all the pieces, you’re still part of a puzzle.
Our official disclaimer for people who didn’t get the subtle point of the paragraph above: Due to the nature of this book and the unusual sources of information, we ask that you do not make any decisions based on the material presented here. In fact, this book is about places where you should not go (they are dangerous). This book is written by a group of people with help from correspondents, friends and contacts around the world. To protect many of our sources (we do have to, uh, break, or rather bend, some laws), we have not credited all of them. We cannot guarantee this information is accurate or reliable simply because by the time we get back and write it down, the situation could reverse. Do not use this book for the planning of any activity. We encourage you always to investigate thoroughly and use as many sources of information as you can find regarding areas where you wish to travel. Although we have an uncanny knack for predicting wars, massacres and kidnappings, Fielding and the authors cannot take responsibility for any misfortune, liability or inconvenience due to your interpretation, application or even understanding of the information in this book. Let’s do it again in all caps now:
THE AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSUME NO LIABILITY NOR DO THEY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO, SEE, VISIT OR TRY ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES OR ACTIONS DISCUSSED IN THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK IS INTENDED FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE RELIABLE AFTER PRESS TIME.