Detained for spying in Angola with travel writer Oscar Scafidi

Oscar Scafidi is a teacher, travel writer and political risk consultant with a focus on Lusophone Africa.

In 2016, he completed the first ever source-to-sea navigation of Angola’s River Kwanza with his friend Alfy Weston.

A documentary film of the 33-day journey, Kayak the Kwanza, is available to view here.

In the final stage of the journey, Oscar and Alfy were detained by security forces, initially accused of spying on a hydroelectric installation, and then suspected of diamond smuggling. Oscar spoke to WHEN IT HITS THE FAN about the experience.

Oscar‘s latest project is to write the first English-language guidebook to Tunisia to be published in nearly a decade. It will be released in early 2022 by Bradt Travel Guides.

He is also documenting his adventures across Tunisia for his YouTube channel.

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