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Lepeadon, the "fierce man" of the Letin clan. (Paul Raffaele)

Raffaele Among the Korowai

Paul Raffaele describes his adventures (and misadventures) in Indonesian New Guinea, reporting on the Korowai

Carey: That all sounds good, Paul, except for the part about amoebic dysentery and its various effects. Just remember that as far as we're concerned, your health is more important than any deadlines.

May 4, 2006

Paul: It's 0400 and I'm up writing. My schedule has me finishing the cannibals at the latest in mid May.

Thanks for thinking of my health. My morbid humor caused me a wry smile when I saw, 'deadlines'. This presently is a minor blip, inconvenient but bearable and treatable, and if I find that I do have amoebic dysentery, then the cure is pretty swift. I'm taking another type of antibiotic, starting yesterday, for the lingering tropical infection in my blood and that should be gone soon enough. All this increases enormously my admiration and respect for the great explorers of Africa, New Guinea, etc. A favourite book is Richard Burton's Africa journal in his and John Speke's search for the source of the Nile, and what that man endured during his explorations makes whatever I've got now like a pimple.

May 4, 2006

Paul: In the grand tradition in which we were raised as kids, with serials on Saturday afternoon at the movies (“Jungle Jim” etc) hinting in previews at what's to come the following week, here is the opening to the cannibal story.

Hope it whets your appetite.

THE KHAHKUA EATERS

A Journey Into The Land Of The Cannibals

By Paul Raffaele

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