Experienced by Ernie Tanner during his early years in Ethiopia:
During my work in the Omo Valley (Valley of Death), men of the Bodi Tribe crossed the Omo River and attacked the Kafa Tribe. They killed 450 people and stole approximately 3,000 cows, sheep and goats. They devastated one village after another.
We got a Medevac call for an elderly man with a serious neck injury who needed to be flown to the hospital. His village, Lokon, is only about 10 minutes flight from our base here in Wamena. At the time, I wasn’t doing solo flights, so Micha and I got the helicopter ready and flew to Lokon.
A friend, who is building an orphanage in the southeast of the island, called our base. Someone had had a serious motorcycle accident. He had received some initial emergency medical care, but any further surgery would have to be done in the capital city, Antananarivo, and the wounded man would not survive the three-day journey by road.