help needed in Bamako for a friend stuck there?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2013 3:20 AM Last Post By: papillonreizen
Apr 5, 2012 2:47 AM
help needed in Bamako for a friend stuck there?who do i speak to to get help to a friend stuck in the Mali coup??
a Hungerian friend of mine is currently there and has sent me a message i find worrying... he's asking for help, but i don't know what he needs, i have his phone number and full name. and am pretty sure he's a hungerian national, however i know he does have some sort of permanent visa for Mali as he married a local some time back.
i don't know who to speak to, or what sort of help he even needs! :/
Apr 5, 2012 2:54 AM
1Firstly, a common scam is to hack someone's email and send messages to all their friends asking for a money transfer (by Western Union, of course). So it is quite likely that the message is not actually from your friend, but from someone who is hoping to use the present situation to persuade you to part with some money.
Secondly, evacuation from a country in crisis is something that governments do. I doubt whether Hungary has much of a presence in Mali, but there may be something arranged for all EU citizens. If you are in the UK I suggest you try to contact the Mali or West Africa desk at the FCO and ask whether any consular assistance would be available to him (perhaps from the French embassy). Although I suggest you telephone him first to find out what is going on.
Apr 5, 2012 8:48 AM
Apr 5, 2012 10:57 AM
3Not sure if Mali has a Hungarian embassy or consulate, but if so, it would be advised he contacts them.
It's kind of strange though to ask for Western Union in a country where you cannot receive money from abroad at the moment, meaning WU stopped their money transfers to Mali about a week ago.
Apr 5, 2012 6:22 PM
4after speaking to mutual friends, its appears he really is in trouble in Mali.
I cant seem to find anything suggesting Western Union has blocked Mali as a receiving country, and have heard of at least one other person successfully SENDING the money there (weather it was able to be received is another matter i guess)
He cannot get help from the French Embassy (who seems to be dealing with getting all Euro citizens out, as Hungary does not have a consulate there) as he may have renounced his hungerian passport?! (??? silly boy) so he is now trying to get money to buy petrol so he can leave... i think this is why he needs money sent to him... he is not a very cash rich person to begin with, and i believe petrol has shot up almost 10 fold in price :/
im glad to have found out, all he needs is money.i was getting worried it may have been more serious!
Apr 6, 2012 3:14 AM
5Thanks for post #5...
Personally, I would just stay at home (and I have been caught up in military coups before, in Seychelles and the Philippines). If I decided to leave I would go by bus (I assume that flying is not an option). A foreigner in a car would be so obvious and so vulnerable: not just to rebel soldiers but just about anyone with a bit of muscle who felt that the car would be better off in said person's hands rather than the foreigners's would be able to help himself. I don't think that your friend would be a target because of his nationality or skin colour, but simply for having possessions. Worst case: he allows himself to be robbed and then has nothing left to be stolen and so presumably gets left in peace.
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