Zanzibar: Two British Charity Volunteers Injured in Acid Attack

Sam Jones, Guardian (London), August 8, 2013

Two young British women who were attacked with acid on the archipelago of Zanzibar, Tanzania are due to fly home tonight according to their travel company.

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18 and from London, were walking through the old part of the main island’s capital, Zanzibar City, when the assault took place on Wednesday night. “I’ve spoken to my daughter – her whole face and body is burnt,” said Katie’s mother, Nicky Gee. They were volunteering as teachers for a charity on the predominantly Muslim island.

Zanzibar’s assistant police commissioner, Mkadam Khamis Mkadam, said: “They were accosted by two men riding a motorcycle. They poured this liquid–we suspect it is acid–and ran away.”

Mkadam said the women were given first aid and taken to hospital in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, for further treatment. They were discharged on Thursday morning yesterday and were due to fly back to Britain on Thursday .

Mkadam said the women appeared to have escaped serious injury. “They are very lucky,” he said. “The doctors said the injuries are relatively minor. There is discolouration, but they are not expected to be scarred. It is very fortunate.”

He said police were looking into the motive for the attack, adding: “Normally these guys who ride motorcycles snatch bags and cameras, but this is new. It is worrying.”

Gee, from East Finchley, and Trup, from Hampstead, had been volunteering at a school with Art in Tanzania and were reaching the end of their three-week stay.

A spokesman for the Trup family told the London Evening Standard that the teenagers had been aware that it was Ramadan on the Muslim island and had dressed and behaved accordingly. “The girls weren’t doing anything wrong,” he said. “They were fully covered and had long sleeves on.”

He said Gee and Trup had travelled to Tanzania after finishing their A-levels.

“They didn’t choose to go to Ibiza or Magaluf but instead chose Zanzibar to help people,” he said. “We checked it was safe but it seems there was some unrest there.”

The volunteering company said in a statement: “i-to-i Travel regrets to confirm that two female clients from London have been involved in an acid attack in Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar on the evening of the 7th August 2013. They were flown to Dar es Salaam in mainland Tanzania for medical treatment and have now been released from hospital.”

The company said the motive for the assault was unknown, and that it was awaiting a report from the local authorities.

The statement continued: “All our efforts remain focused on ensuring [the women] are supported whilst assisting them and their relatives with the arrangements for their return home. i-to-i Travel is working with the authorities in their investigations and continues to liaise closely with the British Consulate in Tanzania.”

The company said an investigation would be launched as soon as possible.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are concerned to hear of an attack on two British citizens on Zanzibar on 7 August. We are providing consular assistance and are in contact with the Tanzanian authorities.”

Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania’s president, is reported to have visited the women at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam and promised that the men responsible for the “shameful” attack would be found.

i-to-i Travel, which is based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, runs gap year trips to Africa, Asia, central and South America, and Australia, with trips to teach in Zanzibar starting at £669 for two weeks.

The attack is thought to be the first such assault on foreigners, although religious violence has recently flared up on the archipelago, which lies around 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania.

In February this year, a Roman Catholic priest was shot dead and a church torched. In November, a Muslim cleric was attacked with acid.

Around 75,000 Britons travel to Tanzania each year, according to the FCO, which says that although most visits are trouble-free, “violent and armed crime is increasing”.

In advice on its website, it says: “Mugging, bag snatching (especially from passing cars) and robbery have increased throughout the country.”

The Foreign Office warns travellers to take sensible precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, noting that incidents have occurred in Stone Town and on popular tourist beaches.


One of the two acid attack victims.

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  • Puggg

    Today on AmRen is brought to you by African countries whose names start with the letter Z.

    • dukem1

      zezame ztreet.

  • Spartacus

    “The girls weren’t doing anything wrong,” he said. “They were fully covered and had long sleeves on.”


    And if they hadn’t been fully covered and with long sleeves… That would’ve made it OK ?

    • Nathanwartooth

      Just the media covering for Muslims as usual.

      But they were attacked because they were Whites in a Black country.

      But seriously, a Black Muslim country? Did they want to die?

    • China_Rising

      I suspect yes it would.

    • BarnyL

      Dress has nothing to do with it. Some of them will attack you no matter what you are wearing, although dress is sometimes used as justification.

  • Spartacus

    “They didn’t choose to go to Ibiza or Magaluf but instead chose Zanzibar to help people,” he said.”


    Who the f*** told you dark-skins are people ?

  • Bantu_Education

    Pretty girls and both Jewish, don’t know if the attackers knew that but reports say that the attackers specifically targeted them even though there were other whites around.

    • Spartacus

      Jewish, you say… I suddenly stopped caring 🙂

    • Sick of it

      I could tell with the one on the left. The other girl could have been from a lot of different ethnic groups.

      • Bantu_Education

        The lighter-skinned blue-eyed one in one of the photos has typically Jewish features, something to do with the shape of the mouth.

        • Sick of it

          Kirstie Trup could be part American Indian, part Asian, or Latino based on looks alone. That’s what I meant.

  • OhWow

    Dear diversity loving white western females: just stop. Enough. The blacks in Africa will never sing kumbaya with you. They don’t want to. Stop offering a helping hand to your enemy who wants your race extinct from this planet. Every time a white female tries to prove how noble and non-racist she is by doing this kind of thing, she forgets one simple thing: they are not like us. Would a Zebra reach out and help a Lion? Maybe if it had a handful of brain cells. Zebras know not to try such foolery. Now it’s time for white women to understand this.

    • Spartacus

      They’re not white, there jewesses .

  • kjh64

    “The Foreign Office warns travellers to take sensible precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, noting that incidents have occurred in Stone Town and on popular tourist beaches.”

    A sensible precaution would be to avoid these type of countries all together.

  • Bob

    I heard that jenkem really burns when used as a libtard repellent.

    • DiversityIsDeath

      haha, “libtard repellant”.

  • Extropico

    “They didn’t choose to go to Ibiza or Magaluf but instead chose Zanzibar to help people,”
    A 3 week vacation for their resumes at an art school in an area with a per capita income of $250 constitutes Tikkun Olam, I suppose….

  • APaige

    The religion of peace robs, assaults, and kills people? Shocked…again…again…again.

  • Ella

    When will Whites realize that some Africans don’t want us there in Africa doing charity or travelling? Whites are not too thrilled about having Blacks in our areas unless they leave. Tolerance seems to go only one way.

  • Magician

    Why not go to East Asia to teach English there! Those countries are very safe and advanced, and also offer great financial compensation for teaching English there

  • Bantu_Education

    I suspect someone is manipulating the “green arrows” on Daily Mail comments. When I first read the comments those which made sensible remarks like “don’t go to these countries they hate us”, or “stop sending foreign aid to these countries” were heavily green-arrowed whilst the more liberalistic ones like “we went there on holiday and the people were amazing” were either red-arrowed or had low numbers of green-arrows. Yet just a couple of hours later this comment below (and two others in similar vein) were the most “highly-rated” with well over 4000 green arrows each.

    “The racist comments made on this thread are incredible. So many vile comments even though nobody knows the background of this horrible incident. When an Indian student was murdered in Manchester in a senseless, motiveless killing last year, how would the ‘Little Englanders’ on this site have reacted to a torrent of abuse coming from the sub-continent together with advice to keep away from England? And to link this story with foreign aid, as many seem to want to do so, makes these people worse than Bloom.”

    Bearing in mind this is the DM and not the Guardian I find this sudden avalanche of liberals to be very suspect. For the last 16 hours they haven’t put up any new comments yet they haven’t yet announced the usual ” we are no longer taking comments on this article” (which they do very quickly when they get a lot of race-realist comments) although its obvious that they are not taking any since the total number of published comments is only 184 a tiny number for the DM and especially for a terrorist attack.

    • Spartacus

      “…how would the ‘Little Englanders’ on this site have reacted to a torrent
      of abuse coming from the sub-continent together with advice to keep
      away from England?”


      I think they’d love it.

      • BarnyL

        Yup! Keep away from England Pleeeeeeeeeese

    • Extropico

      The Daily Mail is not a conservative, disinterested, reporter of truth. Neocons run that paper and are triangulating between disgust for black violence/welfare-mooching and a deep desire to keep Whites monitored and in check. Hence, the quotidian Hitler, holocaust or Nazi article. Games are definitely afoot with the green and red arrows.

      • sbuffalonative

        Please start taking screen shots to see if they change over time.

    • sbuffalonative

      Next time, take and save screen shots.

  • Puggg

    See Drudge right now, there’s an article in International Business Times which says that a radical Islamic group has taken responsibility. I think that in some of these “Muslim” crimes and attacks, such as this, and the car-arsonist riots in Paris and Stockholm, it’s a little too easy to blame them on Muslim when they’re really race crimes and race riots. Then again, when you combine the natural proclivity to violence of blacks with the provocation to violence of the Muslim, it is not a pretty combination.

  • Spartacus

    They aren’t white, they’re jewish. Not of our own .

  • sbuffalonative

    Vanity, naiveté, blind ignorance, et al.

    They likely saw this as a great way to raise their ‘progressive’ liberal capital.

  • sbuffalonative

    If you see a racially sensitive story, please take screen shots to see if they change over time.

  • Hans Schneider

    no good reason to visit Africa whatsoever !

  • din_do_nuffins

    We celebrate the enriching cultural lessons Diversity brings to the White community. We just wish it would do more of the same on our campuses and in our “churches”.

  • Bantu_Education

    At least one UK paper is saying today that the motive for the attack is that the girls may have rejected sexual advances from local Bantu who started sniffing around after their male friends/colleagues, who had been chaperoning them, had returned to the UK.