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There are road blocks (road checks) in some areas; the police sometimes will ask for 'chai' money. It is a bribe. Use your discretion on how to handle the situation. Sometimes we paid the few shillings just to speed things along.
If travelling on highways outside of major cities, carry certified copies of your passport. Bring photocopies with you and go to a police station and have it certified. Depending on the station this may have a small fee associated with it. These certified copies can be used in place of your actual passport at police checkpoints, roadblocks, etc.
In the northern Sahara, especially in the remote TÃ©nÃ©rÃ©, travel with an armed guard if possible.
sub Saharan Africa in general:
Try to avoid taking pictures within cities. This is simply asking for trouble.
In Tanzania and Kenya, there is a big daily scam with getting backpackers to buy a little bit of marijuana, and then having an undercover, fake police offer bust them after the transaction. This happens almost every other day on Zanzibar, especially in Nungwi and Kendwa, and happens in Dar es Salaam very often. Having worked at a backpacker lodge in Tanzania, I probably heard about this from every third backpacker.
Usually what happens is they threaten you for a few minutes, pull you into a car, make you really scared, and then demand a payment of a couple hundred dollars. The cops are in normal clothes so you can never know if they are legitimate or just people trying to score a buck. I have even seen them drive tourists to the bank machine and have them withdraw money. Sometimes it's real police, other times it's fake.
The important thing is not mess with fire when traveling in Kenya or Tanzia. You will get burned, it always happens.
The same goes for Morocco. It's all a scam.
Here is some info from a recent article:
In Zimbabwe, the Harare government's "Operation Drive Out Trash," which began last month, has forced hundreds of thousands of the poorest Zimbabweans to live in freezing cold after the government illegally demolished their homes.
According to the Zimbabwean opposition and human rights organizations, this massive human rights violation is being directed by President Robert Mugabe as punishment against the residents of these impoverished areas for voting against his ruling party in parliamentary elections.
International rights groups said at least 300,000 people have lost their homes by conservative estimates. The United Nations puts the figure as high as 1.5 million, though Zimbabwe police only acknowledge about 120,000.
More than 42,000 people have also been arrested, fined or had their goods confiscated, police said in the state-run Herald newspaper.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, who has been a sharp critic of the evictions, was shown on the human rights groups' video saying he was so angered by the campaign he was ``ready to stand before a gun and be shot.''
Today, the African Union rejected any action to stop the Zimbabwe demolitions, with a spokesperson telling the BBC that the AU "had many more serious problems to consider than Zimbabwe."
Hope that helps.
'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings
ok alone or would it be better on a tour?
it's not recommended at all to travel by car in the night, as you get next to chad, there are groups of bandits everywhere by the road.
as it's a peaceful country, there's not a real risk of anything if the police or army ask you for taxes every 5 kms in the road to akonolinga, it's as simple as saying you ain't got money for that, they just try... normally with a 15-20 minute chat they'll end up asking about football, and if you know any player from cameroon, they'll smile at you and let you continue
I'm interested in flowers that grow between rubbish
The person tried to show him how to insert the credit card the right way. He slipped another card in it's place. While my friend was trying to punch in his pin the guy left. Of course the pin didn't work, but by the time he figured it out the guy was long gone.
So simple and rumored, I was kind of surprised at how frequent it is there.
There are also plenty of people who get into a long story about how something happened to them and they need monet etc etc. These stories are truly tragic until you bump into the same guy a couple of days later and he has a different brother in hospital, his gran has come back to life and is now stuck somewhere with no money for transport and his limp is on the other leg. Use your discretion when giving out money - the more inflated the story the less likely it is to be true.
Tanzania: Be careful of a guy going by the name of Sam or other names used. Last seen he was dreaded. Not sure what the scam is but has been known to pose as a doctor, befriend women, take blood samples and offer tablets (vitamin) on buses. Sometimes saying he is a Zanzibari born German, about 27, seams to have money. Some reports of him leaving places without payments, money missing. Not clear what he is up to but be careful!
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