IT HAPPENED AGIAN!!! I guess today cloud have been worse but definitely could have been better. I didn’t wake up thinking that I would be back at the Johannesburg airport heading back to states just 1 day after arriving here. I’ve had a 3 week break from travel as my family was adopting my new little sister from Bulgaria and the my oldest sister was getting married. I just hit the road again the other day coming to South Africa and planning on traveling quite a bit of the Eastern African countries. Today I woke up early planing to catch a bus to Eswatini/Swaziland I took the very nice city train into downtown and started going in the direction I believed I was to head to find the buses leaving to Swaziland.
As I walked out of the train station I asked a few people which direction I would find the buses and they pointed me in the direction that I though was right anyway. The area I was walking definitely wasn’t the nicest area but it was close to the nicely kept train station area. As I walked I kept a very strong eye out for anyone looking at or following me especially after having been mugged at the end of July. Suddenly I sensed someone seemly to lurk behind me on the busy sidewalk. I quickly looked back and then kept walking but maybe a bit faster. I then quickly looked back again and in less than a flash a tall man sprigged his arms around my neck and started choking me. I must have been 15 seconds or less but he was choking me so hard I was blacking out and thought that I would be dead. I figured this would be the way I died and quickly thought about how it was a terrible way to die and as I was thinking this and blacking in and out I saw the 5-7 men surrounding me helping to strip all valuables off of me. I wanted to scream but couldn’t because my throat was being crushed harder and harder. I thought maybe someone would come and help stop these crooks but nope. Finally these men ran off and by the time I got up off the ground I couldn’t even see where they went not that I would have ran ofter them. I got up to the many people on the streets just staring at me. I couldn’t even talk yet alone scream for help.
I ran back to to the train station area because I knew I would be a bit safer there. I felt my pockets and they were completely emptied. I then realized I somehow escaped with my small backpack which has all my expenses things in it like my drone, laptop, and hard drive with all my photos. I also realized I somehow also had my money belt with my hard cash and passport in it. I’m so grateful to God for that. They stole my very expensive iPhone, international phone, my wallet with 100 bucks cash and all my credit and debit cards, and they also stole my big backpack with all thy clothes and kinda less important items in it.
So yeah I was mugged yet again and this time I thought I was doing to die or at least suffer a few injuries but PRASIE GOD I didn’t. I walked away with nothing more then really bad pain in my neck/throat. I have been praying for these thieves that they would turn to Christ and stop stealing. It would mean a lot if you could pray for them and also for me to know what the next steps are as I return back to states to restock and figure out where and what I do next. It’s been a bad day but God is great. Now to hope on my 8 and 14 hour flight in the middle seat :( haha