An American tourist and her unarmed tour guide were kidnapped on April 2, 2019 inside one of Uganda’s national game-parks. Both were freed unharmed just inside the Congo border after five days of captivity; according to the Uganda Police Force and the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Both agencies report this to be an isolated incident, where recommended security protocols were neglected by the victims. (for additional information refer to Uganda Police Force Information Resource Center @ upf.go.ug).
What can we learn from this?
International security measures remain the same, regardless of the country and may vary depending on the venue. Always adhere to safety recommendations of the governing authorities. These will usually include: 1.) never venture alone 2.) avoid isolated areas 3.) travel during day light hours 4.) avoid carrying valuables and 5.) awareness of surrounding areas.