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Does the threat of violence affect your desire to travel overseas?

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A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi September 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)

The headlines are chilling: Sixty-two dead in a hostage-taking at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Eighty-five dead at a church bombing in Pakistan. Hundreds dead in a brutal civil war in Egypt.

Among the dead, dozens of Canadians.

The world has always been a dangerous place, so maybe media proliferation has made things appear worse than they really are. But it seems the violence once restricted to darker corners of the globe has started to encroach cities and attractions popular to tourists — including shopping malls, churches and popular community squares.

[ Related: Smoke pours from Kenya mall as forces 'close in' ]

Just over a month ago, the CBC published an interactive map of dangerous countries recommended by the Canadian government to avoid. But Kenya was listed as an area where Canadians should "avoid some areas." Today, there are reports that three Canadians are among the dead at the Nairobi mall attacked this weekend by Somali militants armed with assault rifles and grenades.

So we ask you: Has the increased risk of violence affected your desire to travel overseas?

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