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Old 26 Nov 2012
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Security for rally participants in West Africa

I will be participating in this year's B2B rally. It starts on the 25th of January in Budapest and finishes in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
The routen will take us to Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania (Chinguetti-Tidjikja) and then Senegal (Podor-Mamari-Kedougou) to finish in Bissau.
We will be in the "race category" with a Mitsubishi L200.

How much are we risking going with such a visible target for kidnapping attemps? I mean, if my income would be ransoms, this rally would be a succulent sitting duck.

Btw, we may have armed escort in Mauritania, from the local government. But considering current situation in Mali, I fear proximity to its borders is not adviseable.

Many thanks!
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Having come into contact with the B2B rally circus in the past, I would say that the main problem in security terms is that you will be about as low profile as a NASA rocket launch. I.E. where you are, is not exactly a secret! :-) Bonne route!!
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According to my new 'Risk-o-Meter', you have a 10.5% chance of being kidnapped.

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Hello Baaza and welcome to Horizons-
Risk and risk perception, as with everything is a personal choice.

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a Mitsubishi L200.
a vehicle that many would appreciate out there...

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Btw, we may have armed escort in Mauritania
Don't expect soldiers who are paid a pittance to take a bullet for you.

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a succulent sitting duck
IMHO in view of the current political situation...
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Just got eMail from spanish matadors who just came back from Mauritania. This is last year picture, I made some 50 km north from Nouakchott

And this is their this November tour
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Looks like a nice route and you'll enjoy the protection of the Mauri army
Tidjidja-Chinguetti-Ouadane would be in the protected zone.
The coastal road does now have checkpoints
French guy kidnapped last week - they waited until he got into Mali before taking him
you should be ok
Bon Voyage!
(and don't drive after dark)
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Thank you for your replies and advice!

We'll just have to wait and see how the situation in Mali is changing. An armed response in N Mali will make rebels cross borders into Mauritania and other neighbouring countries, in my opinion.
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