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On the way back to New Akrade

Sunday, November 7th

I was able to steal 15 minutes of private time to sit under the palms, look at the ocean, and gaze at Elmina Castle. Still feeling unsettled and drained from yesterday. Back in the van at 11 AM to head back to New Akrade.
On the way back, we were stopped by the police. They had AK47s in their hands. The demanded that the driver get out of the van. They were arguing about his insurance sticker (which was not expired but they insisted it was). Then, they demanded money from him. They were very loud and argumentative. They made him go to the back of the van. We were stopped in the middle of nowhere. If they had decided to do something to us, we would never be found.
The driver then pulled a piece of paper from the van and went back to arguing. All this time, other vehicles were allowed to pass. No one else was pulled over. After what seemed like a long time (probably about 10-15 minutes). The driver got back in the van and was allowed to move on.
The driver did not back down and he was raising his voice to the police, etc. The paper he showed was from Global Volunteers showing that we would be travelling, etc. It was signed by a high ranking officer so they let us pass.
Whew!

Posted by kemsmith 06:59

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