Quitting your dreary job and leaving behind your dreary life for an exciting new career as a hunting guide is something we’ve all dreamed of, and for most of us Africa is the dream destination. But that dream has turned into a nightmare for one British hunting guide who sits in a jail cell in the Central African Republic, accused of murder after discovering 13 bodies believed to have been victims of infamous warlord Joseph Kony.
From this story in the UK Daily Mail:
_A British man was last night facing the death penalty after being charged with mass murder following the discovery of 13 bodies in an African jungle. David Simpson, 24, a manager for a big game company, was arrested six weeks ago in the Central African Republic after he reported the gruesome find to police.
He found himself being thrown in prison accused of the killings, which are widely believed to have been carried out by supporters of notorious warlord Joseph Kony. Mr Simpson, whose company offers wealthy clients the opportunity to shoot lions, leopards and buffalo, is being detained in a cramped and filthy jail cell with 80 other inmates in what he has described as a ‘nightmare’.
According to the story, Simpson, who left his family’s pheasant farm in Great Britain two years ago to start a new life as a hunting operation manager, was helping to clear a road through the jungle on his company’s property when he discovered the bodies. Simpson alerted authorities and then took them back to the location, only to be arrested and accused of the crime.
Simpson told the Daily Mail, (via a cell phone smuggled into the jail) he believes the arrest is an attempt to extort money.
“For six weeks they held me without a shred of evidence. And now I have been forced to sign a piece of paper which states that I have been charged with murdering 13 people. ‘It is just ridiculous. Everyone knows I had nothing to do with it. They know it was Kony.’It’s all about money.”_
The story said the British government is working on Simpson’s case. Here’s hoping it works out for him. Do stories like this ever give you pause about hunting in less-than-stable foreign countries?