16 significant walls dividing people, cities, and countries across the world
- In September, work began on a new stretch of President Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico. It will run along the edge of South Arizona, below a biological hot spot called Organ Pipe Cactus.
- It's not just the US, though. Across the world, there are 77 walls dividing people. In 1989, there were only 15.
- Cities like Lima in Peru, Belfast in Ireland, and Homs in Syria have walls to separate residents.
- Boundaries between countries are becoming increasingly built up, too. Just take a look at the borders around Israel, or between North and South Korea, or India and Pakistan.
- Here are 16 divisive walls.
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In September, President Trump's big border wall, meant to physically divide the United States and Mexico, got under way in southern Arizona. Building walls is in fashion, and it's not just Trump who says so.Since the Berlin Wall fell, they've flourished. Especially after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Cities like Belfast in Northern Ireland, Lima in Peru, Homs in Syria, and Nicosia in Cyprus, are physically divided. The same goes for borders between the United States and Mexico, North and South Korea, India and Pakistan, and Israel and its neighbors. Advertisement
It's not a new phenomena, but according to Belen Desmaison, an architect researching one of the walls in Lima, Peru, it's part of a global trend. Using concrete, barbed wire, electric currents, or surveillance technology, these walls are built to divide people from different social or ethnic groups
But they don't necessarily work. Nick Buxton, a researcher at Transnational Institute, told the New York Times in January that people can build as many walls as they like, but it'll only make things more dangerous. "People will find ways to cross walls," he said.Here are 16 walls dividing people around the world.
Berlin Wall, one of the most well known modern walls, is a symbol of division in Germany.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, "peace walls" still divide the streets.Advertisement
In Lima, Peru, the city is divided by a wall called "the Wall of Shame," which cuts through four neighborhoods, separating rich from the poor.
In Syria, the city of Homs's "loyal" and "disloyal" suburbs were divided by a wall built by the government.Advertisement
Nicosia in Cyprus is divided by a wall.
Melilla and Ceuta, two autonomous Spanish cities, are cut off from Morocco by walls.Advertisement
Morocco has also cut itself off from the Western Sahara, with the world's oldest barrier.
And then there are the walls dividing countries, like the United States' border with Mexico.Advertisement
Between North and South Korea there's a heavily militarized border that's separated them since 1953.
Israel cuts itself off from Palestine along the West Bank with what it calls an "anti-terrorism" wall.Advertisement
Israel has recently built a wall at its border with Lebanon.
And Israel also has a wall along its southern border with Egypt.Advertisement
Egypt built a wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, but it was partially destroyed by militants.
European countries, like Hungary, have joined in, mostly to stop the flow of refugees.Advertisement
India's border with Pakistan has a bloodied history.
And India also built a wall to cut itself off from Bangladesh.Advertisement
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