Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Group Travelled with Northumberland-Based Willett's Safaris. the Following Are Extracts from Their Diary:

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Group Travelled with Northumberland-Based Willett's Safaris. the Following Are Extracts from Their Diary:

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On Monday most of the group took up the option of an early morning bush walk with Moses, some decided to have a rare lie-in and John took Rebecca and Mike for a drive along the river to see giraffe, zebra, vervet monkeys, mongooses, wildebeest and a variety of antelope.

After the previous evening's meal most made the most of the late breakfast before heading off to spend the day at the Threads of Hope Sewing School where we carried on with the work in the garden and shop although we did have some brief distractions.

One of the sewing students had carried a bundle of firewood for about five miles and she demonstrated how to carry 30-40 kg of wood on your back. Only a few had the courage to try it out!" It was Paegan's birthday so the Maasai women dressed her up in traditional dress. That evening we had a birthday barbecue at the village with freshly slaughtered goat, marshmallows, singing and dancing round the fire.

We have now travelled to our next camp at Moses' home of Labentera. On arrival we were given some disturbing news.

One of the little boys (about seven years old with Down's Syndrome) from the neighbouring village had gone missing three days earlier so we joined in with the search parties but to no avail.

On returning to camp we made ourselves Maasai walking sticks before dinner and bed. The next day we walked down to the local nursery school and spent the morning working with the kids and playing games.

After lunch we were driven the five miles to the nearest river where the women walk to twice a week to fetch water. The group soon learnt that collecting and carrying 20 litres of water would be beyond them! Back at camp the group went warrior training while John took some of the local Maasai men out for the next three hours, going round remote villages to spread the word about the missing boy.

After four days with leopard, lion and hyena about it is not looking good.

Another hard day's digging for half the group with the other half accompanying the local nurse to run a bush clinic for a remote community that hasn't received such a clinic for about a year, in fact the last time John was able to offer the services of his vehicle. …

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