I was robbed today in broad daylight (3pm) walking down Shanty Town Rd with 3 bystanders about half a block away from the incident. The thieves (2 men) had approached them first, riding double on a motorcycle (3 foreign women). I happen to be walking by the group as the women were trying to tell them to leave as they were being rude. They left down a side road, circled around and came back in my direction from behind. The man in the back, jumped off the bike, I turned around and he was pulling at my purse that was slung across my chest and holding a machete in the air in the other. I panicked and froze and started screaming. He used the machete to cut the purse off of me and cut my arm really bad in the process. I had a wound about 3/4'' deep almost went down to the bone. Went for stitches and a police report. It happened today and I am still pretty shaken up about it but wanted to share this with the community so that everyone is aware.
I have come to find out that there have been at least 5 robberies in the Shanty Town area in the last few weeks. I believe that most of them have targeted lone females. Usually in the evenings with the exception of me…Please be careful in the Moshi area. It is not even recommended to travel in groups at night here.