|Tolaka and Lima walk to school for an hour through grasslands and forests|
© UNICEF Indonesia/2014/Andy Brown
It was our second day in the highlands of Papua, after arriving and meeting Yumelina the day before (see part one of this blog). We got up at 5am and drove out towards the Baliem valley, which is in the heart of the Cyclops Mountains and had no contact with the outside world until after World War II.
We drove out of Wamena over a wooden bridge, where one of our vans briefly got stuck, and continued on to park beside a wide river. Here, we left the van and continued on foot, crossing a rickety foot bridge made from steel wires and wooden planks. It swayed alarmingly and I had to watch where I walked so I didn’t put a foot through one of the wide gaps between the planks.