Crime & Punishment of Monday, 11 March 2013
A 25-year-old Dutch volunteer from Groningen in the Netherlands was shot dead in Tema on Friday afternoon in broad daylight.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death of Groningen Afke Kuipers on Sunday and says it is doing everything to bring her body to the Netherlands as soon as possible. The family of Kuipers was informed of her death on Friday.
The Dutch national, according to her sister, died in hospital from her injuries. On Facebook, it indicates that the family did not know when the body will be brought to the Netherlands.
Tema police divisional commander David Eklu confirmed the incident, saying Kuipers was on her way home with colleagues on Friday in the port city of Tema when their car was surrounded by four armed men on motorcycles.
"They were robbed of mobile phones, cameras and personal effects," he said. Kuipers was then shot and taken to a local hospital.
"We understand she died at the hospital," Eklu said.
No arrests have been made in the case yet.
She was with three other Dutch volunteers and three Romanians on their way home when it happened, said President Richard Yeboah of the Dutch volunteer organisation NeViSo.
The rest of the group remained unharmed and was brought back to the Netherlands. They arrived Sunday. The were working on an anti-child-labour project.
The volunteer had been in Ghana for over a month and worked on the project Key Nests for Children Against Child Labour among others, according to NeViSo.
She had planned, together with a friend, to start another project to improve the living conditions for working children in Ghana. In January she started Foundation Charley and wrote for online news website North.
In an interview on worldofdifference.nl she said that her greatest wish was to make "the world a bit better". She summed up why she was properly suited to a project in Ghana saying, "I'm full of ideas, am motivated, involved, a listening ear and interested in others".
Yeboah confirmed these were the reasons they selected her to come to Ghana to work. "She was a passionate person who really wanted to work for others," he said.
Last month GhanWeb reported that three foreigners were attacked by a gang of armed robbers. Two gang members on motorcycles shot a Spanish woman and later a German and an Egyptian, all of whom survived.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now warning travellers about criminal activity in Ghana.
"On motorways,[there are] regular armed robberies, especially on the Tema Highway," the ministry said.