LEONARD FONG ROKA
As they reached Kaino, dusk covered them and the child could not move on so they found a deserted house on the fringes of Kaino and spent the night under it.
At dawn the next morning, 4 July 1989, one of the Kupe men got up to pee and discovered the arrival of a convoy of yellow Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) vehicles that were used by the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) in its operations.
He woke his men and they disappeared into a nearby cocoa plantation, leaving behind the bales of rice and tinned fish they were supposed to camel home to Kupe.
As the men descended through the Kaino brae towards the Bovong River, Karebu, a Bakabori man married in Kupe, was making his way to Bakabori village to finalise the harvesting of his cocoa plot.