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Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

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Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

Might well be travelling to several West African cities in the coming future. Beyond the current Ebola problem, I was wondering in which cities special security measures should be considered. In Lagos for instance, I always ask for an "escort" from the airport (I have to say I don't look at all like a local!). Is it advisable to do the same in Abidjan, Accra or Lomé? Thanks

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1. Re: Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

In my experience, yes. But "escort" can take on many forms. In Luanda, it was simply a client who knew where they were going. In Lagos, it was armed escort. It was no where near the extent required in Islamabad, but still a shock for the uninitiated.

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2. Re: Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

Hello GM,

Islamabad: Not sure I'd go. Karachi, probably, but not any further to the North...

Escort: I actually meant armed escort. A client knowing where to go belongs in my view in some sort of normal organisation in a city I don't know.

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3. Re: Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

I was in West Africa recently. In Abidjan there are plenty of white UN peace keeping 4x4 protecting the cities restaurants at lunch time. I didn't feel especially threatened there, but neither is it the safest area.

Lome, now that place is a dump. I hope you are working, because why anybody would visit that place for a holiday is beyond me. People tried to sell me drugs in the arrival hall of the airport, and the rather ratty Ibis hotel strongly recommended you do not leave the hotel grounds. It may well have been a cheesey attempt to keep the business in, but from the drive through town I wasn't sure.

Accra in Ghana is fine.

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4. Re: Travelling to West Africa cities: Security

And here, I would far rather be in Islamabad than Karachi. It is Rawalpindi that I'd have an issue with. That said, the guidelines were to spend little time in the back garden area (good sniper positions nearby), and no picture taking anywhere in or around the hotel.

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