GREAT AFRICAN RIFT VALLEY EXPEDITION
Land Rover Dispatch 40 – A bloody tragedy – we’re lucky to be alive
On the eve of us departingAddis Ababafor the second chapter of the Great African Rift Valley Expedition we receive this shocking news.
5 Adventure travelers (like ourselves) have been gunned down inNorthern Ethiopia’s remote Afar region of the Great African Rift Valley. 2 Foreigners and 2 Ethiopians were kidnapped in the same attack and may have been abducted across the border.
Ethiopiablames it’s bitter enemyEritreafor the attack… saying it had trained and armed the gunmen…Eritrearejected the accusation.Ethiopiahas threatened ‘whatever action is necessary’ against its neighbour over the killings…
And to think that this all happened close to the Eritrean border at a remote village near the active volcano Erta Ale where we had camped (protected by armed militia) just a few weeks ago. May the Zen of Travel continue to ride with us – We’ll keep you posted.