Far removed from the pie-in-the-sky talk of a borderless planet, the real world boasts hundreds of national borders ~ many of them contested and some of them deadly. While the root cause of each conflict is distinct ~ and some of them may be frozen in time, waiting for a spark ~ the world's most dangerous borders share one trait in common: You don't want to be stuck there.
Why is Delhi building a new Berlin Wall to keep out its Bangladeshi neighbors?
BY SCOTT CARNEY, JASON MIKLIAN, KRISTIAN HOELSCHER
Felani wore her gold bridal jewelry as she crouched out of sight inside the squalid concrete building. The 15-year-old's father, Nurul Islam, peeked cautiously out the window and scanned the steel and barbed-wire fence that demarcates the border between India and Bangladesh. The fence was the last obstacle to Felani's wedding, arranged for a week later in her family's ancestral village just across the border in Bangladesh.
"When we got her body back the soldiers had even stolen her bridal jewelry," Islam told us, speaking in a distant voice a week after the January incident.
China began to build a barbed wire and concrete fence along parts of its border with North Korea in October 2006. Since November 2010, there has been a stepped-up effort to fortify the border, particularly following warnings by foreign aid agencies that some 6 million North Koreans need urgent food aid because crops of potatoes, wheat, and barley had failed.