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Mugged in Mauritius | Mauritius | Africa

[Visited: July 1999]

An arm grabbed me from behind, trying to strangle me, and before I realized what was happening, I was on the ground, and the only things I could see were a knife and a stick. Two excited voices above my head urged me to give everything I had, and within a few split seconds I realized a lot of things. In all those years of travelling, I always wondered how it would be to be assaulted, and also how I would react - and now that that moment had arrived, it felt very unreal. I also realized that there were some things in the bag which I did not want to lose, and so I tried to convince them that I would give the money I had on me.

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But of course the two attackers wanted more, tried to search my pockets, while I tried to remain calm and to hold on to the bag, which in fact was easier since I was lying on my bag while one of the two guys was still lying on my back. In the end, after what seemed at least ten minutes of struggle, they just cut the bag from me after which it was easier to get it away from me. Then, they also went for my watch. Suddenly, I had to realize with a shock that they were running away with everything. I did not even think about it and followed them. But when they ran into a small neighbourhood, which inhabitants did not want to help me, I lost them. The only thing left to do was to go to the police.

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Mauritius is a friendly and seemingly peaceful island. The police took pride in solving this criminal act, and even asked when our plane was supposed to leave. Completely unexpectedly, a few hours before leaving, when I had just managed to have new tickets issued (one of the items stolen), a message arrived. The two guys had been arrested, the bag recovered. On the way to the airport, I could get back the bag from which still a few things were missing, and I also had to identify the two culprits. Probably the most valuable thing that was recovered, was my camera. The most valuable thing that was not, were the only pictures I took on the island.

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