Tomorrow I’m off to the dark underbelly of Dar to capture on film the corrupt authorities at work, and the people paying them off. Except I’m not actually allowed to go along: the others in my group, two Tanzanians, told me: “You should stay away”. People would be too suspicious if a white person was asking the questions or even within observing distance.
We’re lucky, though: we have James in our group – now a musician, he used to live on the streets himself and he knows exactly where to find the people who’ll be smoking joints and likely to be paying bribes to the police. So he says, anyway. I’m slightly concerned as to what will happen as we watch him disappear into the crowd with our (borrowed) video camera. Even the best storyboard – and ours clearly has room for improvement – might not be of much use.