Friday, December 28, 2007

On to Africa

I leave for Africa later today; specifically, I'm going to Kenya and Tanzania. A few minutes ago I came across a travel warning on the US State Department web site regarding Kenya. Here's a snippet:

The Department continues to recommend that private American citizens in Kenya evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing terrorist threats and increasing incidents of violent crime. Terrorist acts may include suicide operations, bombings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports. Violent criminal attacks, including armed carjacking, kidnappings, and home invasions/burglary, can occur at any time and in any location, and are becoming increasingly frequent, brazen, vicious, and often fatal. In January 2007, two family members of a U.S. Embassy employee were killed by armed carjackers. Kenyan authorities have limited capacity to deter and investigate such acts.

Hmmm... sounds delightful. Well, not much I can do about this now, other than be a bit careful, I suppose. I guess a question would be whether I'd have still bought my plane ticket had I read this warning earlier. I dunno. Probably not.

Oh well. It'll be an adventure.


DB said...

Arriving in Kenya in the middle of an election was not good planning. Sorry, Brian, I feel that I have let you down. I thought that you were better informed. Stay low- and no matter who is curious, don't talk about politics or religion, at all!

Anonymous said...

Brian, I read about the riots in Kenya following the elections. Please, stay safe!

Linda F.

shiloh said...

Hey Bri....I was just looking at current pictures from does not look good. I do hope where you are staying is safe and not being rioted. One comment I read said that even in the "safer" areas, stores were running out of food.....I do hope you are okay!! Come home safe soon!!!