Quick snapshots from my Sunday in Ally Maua, a suburb in Dar es Salaam. According to one of my guides amongst the ones with the worst reputation in terms of crime.
I find it hard to tell, I must admit, on a lazy Sunday like this. The people I interviewed, however, had been robbed recently at night, and not just that once, but for the third time.
Dar es Salaam is a tricky place in this sense. Crime doesn't necessarily come with poverty, and it doesn't show. Moreover, local Tanzanians have a tendency, in my experience, to overstate a potential risk, in order to protect you. On the other hand many wazungu tend to take the advice too lightly, or don't listen at all.
Nevertheless, I must say it isn't a factor I deal with on a daily basis. I know there always is a potential risk. I have seen drivers on Nyerere and Morogoro Road been robbed for jewellery and mobile phones by street thugs. But it is a rather quiet affair, and the worst thing really is when the thugs are being targeted by mob justice.
In fact, during the past four years violent crime has escalated in Copenhagen to an extent that makes me feel way more unsafe cycling home through the centre of the city at night than talking a walk - in Tanzanian company - in Ally Mavua on a Sunday afternoon.