Where Americans die Abroad
One of the most difficult tasks as a Consular Officer is dealing with the inevitable case of a U.S. citizen who has died overseas. I will never forget the first time I had to make 'The Call' to the family back home in the States. In my brief career as an ACS (American Citizen Services) Officer, I've had to make that call three times. It never gets any easier.
This week's Time magazine features a fascinating article on how and where Americans die overseas. Canada was deemed the safest country in the world for Americans to visit. Although more Americans visit Mexico than any other country in the world, Thailand has more deaths per capita than any other country. And very few Americans die in terrorism-related incidents. The most common causes of death? Traffic accidents and drownings.
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