Kidnapping near Kayes ...
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 2:49 PM Last Post By: priffe
Nov 21, 2012 3:26 AM
Kidnapping near Kayes ...This isn't great news - sorry only got a French copy of it - if anyone finds an English version, please post!
A French speaker aged around 50 (doesn't mention if he was French though) was picked up by armed men in Diema near Kayes in the west of Mali. Interestingly it also talks about the Italian-Burkinabe couple's kidnap 4 years ago which people in the past have told me I was making it all up!!!
Nov 21, 2012 5:41 AM
1It seems he's a Portugeuse-born French citizen... Sad to see more bad news for tourism in Mali. Mungo Park was also kidnapped in that corner of the continent. Some things never change.
Nov 21, 2012 7:43 AM
A source in English for those who don't understand written French.
Nov 28, 2012 8:59 AM
3I stayed in Nouakchott 2 weeks ago and there were quite a few Westerners ( mostly French and Spanish travellers ) headed for Mali on the Route de l'Espoir and the crossing at Nioro south of which this Frenchman was kidnapped. Most of them were driving cars and vans, knew the road already and probably thought that the area around Kayes was safe enough... Others thought it would be safer to cross into Senegal at Rosso first ( despite of all the red tape and the hassle at this border crossing ), drive east within Senegal and only cross into Mali south of Bamako. Most travellers were headed for Burkina Faso.
The Malian consulate in NKT still issued visas to Westerners 2 weeks ago.
A friend of mine who's been touring Senegal on his bike took the bus to Kayes from the very east of the country and on to Bamako 2 days ago and his bus was escorted by the army.
Nov 28, 2012 11:49 AM
4Thanks for the great update
Have French friends living in Bamako very disturbed this happened so far south!
Fingers crossed he'll come out of it!
Feb 5, 2013 2:49 PM
5Desinformation - - - this was posted a while back, but - the kidnapping took place in Diema, which is in REGION of Kayes, but over 500 kms from the city itself.
So to date, there has been no kidnappings west or south of Bamako.
Travellers are advised in Nouakchott to avoid the Route d'Espoir, as it hasn't been safe for years. Four French were shot near Aleg in 2007, and an Italian kidnapped at Koubeni near the Malian border in 2009.
Since then Mauri security has improved quite a bit, but on the Malian side it has deteriorated.
Although the risks are small, better go the piste from Kiffa or Selibabi to Kayes, if you have the proper vehicle (hard to do without 4x4). Or via Senegal.
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