Bad news from Namibia

Old Jul 12th, 2007, 10:26 PM
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the same could be said about murders reported in the U.S. or the U.K. Thousands a year killed, but if it's a foreigner killed, it makes the news. (the tourists killed in Florida in 1993 for example).
I don't see any hysteria here at all, just people going to be more cautious-not a bad thing to do in todays world whether it's the U.S, U.K, or Namibia.
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Old Jul 12th, 2007, 11:23 PM
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It's important that 'negative' events are reported on this forum, as long as they are reported accurately...from the extreme, such as this murder, to the natural hazard (e.g. death by hippo), to the mundane, such as the occasional operator stuff up. No matter how rare such events are, we need to have a balance so that people are aware of what they might encounter. There's no point in people going to Africa, or anywhere for that matter, wearing rose-tinted spectacles.

Too often, however, we see knee-jerk reactions from those who imagine their favourite things are being unfairly maligned. To them, I say 'get real.'

Many Brits will be aware of the Peter Falconio murder in the Australian outback a few years ago. The outback is as safe as any place can's vast, empty, and inhospitable-looking for most urban-dwellers, but the few people there are friendly and helpful. I would be most disappointed if Falconio's death (he and his girlfriend were self-driving tourists) was glossed over. People have to be aware that there are crazies out there, wherever you are, and take precautions accordingly.

Anybody see the movie 'Wolf Creek'? -- fiction, loosely based on the Falconio and other cases, all involving tourists and backpackers.

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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 03:08 AM
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This item which was in my local Philadelphia newspaper would have passed me by if we were not going to Namibia in Oct. It was not meant for 'shock and awe' but in the hope that tourists would be more aware of their surroundings so as to avoid similar incidents.
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 03:38 AM
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I saw Wolf Creek about a year ago.
Eerie, eerie movie!
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 06:09 AM
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Case solved?

"Tourist killing: suspect held"
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