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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

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May 4, 2006

Carey: Well I, for one, am hoping that you do survive. Sweet dreams.

May 5, 2006

Paul: Just heard that my guide now has hookworm confirmed, as well as the amoebic dysentery. So my dutiful daughter has just gone out to get Comatrin for me to take as a precaution. I would not be surprised if he lets me know in a day or two that he's just been confirmed with leprosy and that I should go get checked.

The good news is that I'm really enjoying the writing, shrugging off all the woes, as I relive my greatest ever adventure. I expect to have it written, revised and sent to you by Monday -- Tuesday at the latest.

May 6, 2006

Carey: Glad to hear that you're enjoying the writing and that it's going well. And while we're all looking forward to reading your greatest adventure ever, we continue to worry about your health and urge you to make that your very highest priority. These exotic diseases are nothing to take lightly, even by an old Light Brigadier such as yourself.

May 6, 2006

Paul: I'm up writing, 3,500 words into the story, presently quoting one of the khahkua killers, Bailom, about how he killed one of his friends after he was identified as a khahkua, shooting him full of arrows, and how the body was then cut up in a ritual way for sharing out among the families. I have a shot of Bailom and his very scary brother, Kili-kili, the Korowai's greatest khahkua killer, with the skull of their latest victim.

Thanks for the concern. I'm very careful and am not taking the bugs lightly.I've been to my doctor a number of times since arriving home, have tested for amoebic dysentery ( the results on Monday ) and this evening took a full dose of antibiotic which will knock out any hookworms present. He's not felt it necessary yet to send me to the School of Tropical Medicine and so we're making progress. I feel much better today, no dizziness or diarrhea (whoopee), and that's why I'm steaming along with the writing.

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