HCWC: With the team on board the scrambling begins. First of all, where is this place, is it safe? Looked up Somaliland on the CDC website… well, tried to, Somaliland doesn’t actually exist and there is no US government consular presence but there ARE pirates….
Condensed version of CDC Warning:
Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including Puntland and Somaliland. Illegal roadblocks are also widespread. If you decide to travel to Somalia:
Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property,, funeral wishes, etc.
Share important documents, login information, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States.
Establish your own personal security plan or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
Develop a communication plan with family so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas.
Identify key sources of possible assistance for you and your family in case of emergency, such as the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, FBI, the State Department. Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and Members of Congress, if you are taken hostage or detained.
Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones in case of a hostage situation. .
Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
.……..Well, that certainly discourages tourism!!!