Monday, February 22, 2010

On differences between Wild West and Europe

So I was thinking of where the wind will blow and I do have some issues with accepting the direction it seems to be taking me... I kinda see on the horizon the end of my stay here in Africa and I need to evaluate my options on the way forward. And I do have a problem.

It all starts with martial arts. I have been practicing Aikido for last 18 years and - even though I have never used it outside dojo (you hear that, Pmasz!?) - I believe I have the skill set to cope with some combat situations. Hopefully I will never have to.

Here, in Central Africa, the Police force is (a) as corrupted as it possibly can be, (b) foundation of local organized crime /and they do not tolerate competition/ and (c) totally ineffective. I know this sounds crazy but here mindset of people does not allow them to grasp the concept of fingerprint analysis. I am not joking or exaggerating. Watch Fritz Lang's movie M, which showed fingerprints used in Europe 100 years ago. These people here are unable to evem grasp the concept! Unfortunately I know this first hand. So if a crime is not solved on spot - it's not solved at all. I could tell you many blood-chilling stories about incompetency of Police and also their ruthlessness when it comes to handling caught criminal. Why so violent? Because I guess somewhere in their minds they realize how poor is the service they give. The outcome of this situation is that people here simply do not count on Police to serve and protect. Thus this really is Wild West. I do not know if this is commonly accepted attitude here but I - personally - feel I need to protect myself. And here it is not inconceivable that here people take law into their hands. Yeah, also heard and seen a lot of such episodes. And this situation is OK as long as you are willing to face it. As I have written above - so far I did not have to take any drastic actions. I believe if you're smart enough and do not put your finger between door you will not get hurt. But if someone tries - I believe I will be able to retaliate...

In Poland situation is totally different. The Police seems to be top-notch, sometimes almost CSI-level effective, but... the law still protects the offender, not the victim. I have been outside the country almost two years now but I follow the news. Nothing changes. The Brothers turned the country into parody of itself and unfortunately this is reflected in personal safety too. Remember those day when Policemen were afraid to shoot at the bad guys because of the court-martial, paperwork and all the bullshit they'd have to face at the office? Perhaps the situation is a bit better now, but the law still protects the bad guys. The number of examples is staggering. This is one big joke aimed at the decent guys. And unlike Africa - I can not retaliate.

The bottom line? I feel safer here, in Kenya...

Why? Because here in Kenya I have to face bad gyus only. In Poland there are bad guys against me as well as the law.

4 comments:

Lysy said...

Lysy nie wiem co palisz w fajce, ale powinienes podzielic sie ze starym kolega... "CSI level"? w jakims glupim serialu tylko...

November said...

Heh, porównując z hAfryką to uwierz mi - CSI level, niemal Star-Wars level ;-)))

WW said...

No powiem, ze mamy tu konflikt tragiczny, gdzie nie pójdziesz ktoś na ciebie czyha.

November said...

Uhum. I najgorsze, ze ciężko się oszukiwać w Kenii...