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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2012, 09:15:13 am »
Does anyone know what the final outcome was for these guys?  Have they been released?
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2012, 09:19:56 am »
not released  and the SA guy also has UK passport and the bad guys now know this. they now want the UK to release someone in exchange for this guy. the UK does not talk to terrorists, so it doesn't look too good at the moment.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #42 on: May 04, 2012, 12:05:28 pm »
With all the sh!t going on there at the moment it doesn't look good for a good or speedy ending.  I really hope I'm wrong.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2012, 12:06:17 pm »
This is not about money, but for political gain.
These people are in big trouble, but lets hope that the powers behind the scenes will succeed.

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #44 on: May 04, 2012, 12:44:39 pm »
The sad reality is that these things can take years to resolve, there was a guy recently who escaped or was freed from captivity after something like 8 years.. freking scary.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #45 on: May 04, 2012, 03:31:31 pm »
That is Kak for the dude an his family. Hope it turns out ok.
But is this bad news for all bikers telling through Africa?
Not yet me thinks

There's a reason most travelers stick to eastern Africa. It's safer

Except for Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Libya...  ::)
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2012, 07:24:37 pm »
That is Kak for the dude an his family. Hope it turns out ok.
But is this bad news for all bikers telling through Africa?
Not yet me thinks

There's a reason most travelers stick to eastern Africa. It's safer

Except for Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Libya...  ::)

I'd say South America's cheaper & safer....   :peepwall:
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2012, 10:06:59 pm »
Scary Man  >:(
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #48 on: May 05, 2012, 10:49:13 am »

I'd say South America's cheaper & safer....   :peepwall:
Hence the Dakar move... :mwink:

Hope this gets resolved without bloodshed.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #49 on: May 05, 2012, 03:01:27 pm »
Oh boy this is so sad! I cannot comprehend how traumatic it must be for them, aswell as their loved ones back home.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #50 on: May 08, 2012, 06:10:53 pm »
I see his name is Stephen Malcomb anyone know him?

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #51 on: May 08, 2012, 07:06:29 pm »
Its a bit of a kak situation, especially now that the Malian government is toast.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #52 on: May 08, 2012, 07:10:39 pm »
I see his name is Stephen Malcomb anyone know him?

a colleague knows his wife  :'(  this is really a bad situation
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #53 on: May 08, 2012, 11:48:14 pm »

Africa is not for sissies they say!

This does make me worry about Jo Rust... travelling as a female alone around Africa is very risky, but also soooo exciting!

I do hope they manage to find these guys alive, I cannot imagine how their families must be feeling!
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« Reply #54 on: July 05, 2012, 06:00:37 pm »
I heard, and stress this may be hearsay and without substance, that some hostages were executed in Mali.  Does anyone have any factual info, and in particular about this biker?
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #55 on: July 05, 2012, 06:16:45 pm »
Thanks for waking this thread up.  I frequently think of this poor guy and what he must be going through.  It seems that there's simply no-one to help him - at least publicly. 
No-one knows what is going on in Mali.  It used to be such a steady and safe place but the Libyan conflict destabilised the whole area.  Now it's the Wild West.  The only law is the law of the gun it seems.  I feel for the thousands whose ordinary lives are disrupted by all these bandits, thieves, thugs and zealots.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #56 on: July 05, 2012, 06:54:08 pm »
I have just Googled his name and got this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9235646/Al-Qaeda-will-free-British-hostage-if-Abu-Qatada-can-go-where-he-wants.html

I really feel for these guys and their families.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #57 on: July 05, 2012, 07:58:47 pm »
Thats tough. I wonder when or if the SAS will go in to get them out.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #58 on: July 05, 2012, 09:18:43 pm »
This is shocking!!!

I hope JoRust is going to be ok.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #59 on: July 06, 2012, 06:51:21 am »
That is Kak for the dude an his family. Hope it turns out ok.
But is this bad news for all bikers telling through Africa?
Not yet me thinks

There's a reason most travelers stick to eastern Africa. It's safer

Except for Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Libya...  ::)

I'd say South America's cheaper & safer....   :peepwall:

Definitely! they only take a kidney and dump you on the side of the road :evil6:
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