Originally Posted by PaulD
there was an incident a few weeks ago where a Frenchman was injured in an attempted hold up, however the vehicle he was driving screamed money ...
I am Nadine, the girlfriend of the man that was injured in this incident. As we are travelling with a quite new Toyota equipped for travelling, I can imagine that our car looks very valuable. But don't think it was against us because we were not the only people attacked this day on this road : we know at least another vehicule of local people that was stopped by the bandits. I suppose that, as they are english or local native speakers, they managed to understand themselves so they succeeded in calming the situation. Finally, they were beaten and stolen. Unfortunatly, it was not our case, so we didn't have another choice to escape and then risk to be shot and that what happened.
My opinion is that, like in other places in Africa, these kind of guys stop and try to rob every vehicle at a moment in a special place, in french we call them "coupeurs de route". And people we met after in Laisamis told us it happens regularly between Isiolo and Marsabit, so it is better to ask the police station in these cities and if necessary askfor an armed escort or at least organize a convoy.
Even if I know people that came that road alone without any problem : just a matter of wrong time, wrong place !
01/01/04 <-> 31/01/05 : Overland trip through Africa and Australia