a VirtualTourist member from Boston asked on Mar 18, 2003
I have been mulling over the creation of a N’Djamena travel page for some time now, and I thought I had reached a decision. However, as I was reviewing my materials (photos), I noticed that I am holding a weapon in every picture. Most of the pictures I have of N’Djamena are of me standing in front of some building or are of a group of locals and I together, and I fear the presence of an M-16 A2 Rifle in these pictures may lead some of you to conjure images of a hostile city. I don’t want to offend anyone with the graphic nature of these pictures, and I feel they may do Chad a great disservice if they are posted. Does anyone else feel my pictures maybe unsuitable for the VT community? Should I create this page or not? Please, I need some advice.
Hi ! think you have given the answer yourself. Remember there are also young VT-ers from the age of 13. Heck, I even decided against posting pictures of my friends and me playing paintball as we were all dressed in "military" clothes and holding a plastic gun! My answer though does not imply any judgement. For all I know you are a military and were supposed to carry weapons. Why not make a N'Djamena page with really good stories and no pictures?
Hi and Shalom: Saw your deliema and wanted to assure you that in many countries of the world guns (for protection or other uses) are a common sight. When we visited friends in Montenegro, we encountered constantly police, army, special forces, all carrying guns and dressed in military or police garb. It gave us a feeling of being protected, not of unease. I believe if you place your pictures with comments matching your feelings and what should be seen in the picture, you cannot go wrong, it is the truth as you see and feel it. I also try to remember that guns may be used to preserve peace, and if an agressor wants to attack you the guns may give that agressor second thoughts. But peace in the future without a need for weapons would be everyones dream. So my advice is "YES", write your page. LaHeetRaOat, Martin