Dangers & Annoyances

Foreigners visiting the north will typically see only a few vestiges of the high security that once dominated the area.

Checkpoints on the roads are a thing of the past, although some roads in the north around the Palali KKS Military Camp remain closed. You'll also notice numerous military bases dotting the countryside, with soldiers on guard duty doing their best to look alert.

However, politically active locals (and foreigners) still face state intimidation. Harassment, detentions and occasional disappearances continue. Most people are looking to the future and are relieved to put the war behind them, but old tensions remain under the surface.

Locals may not want to speak openly about politics or the war; use sensitivity and tact. International media coverage of the current situation in the North inevitably includes remarks about unsuccessful efforts to get locals to speak openly on the subject.