Due to a shortage of pilots, fuel and finances, Lourens Laureti had just one choice.

For Lourens Laureti, the trip from the mission support centre to their bush location was not a 35-minute flight in a plane. The shortage of pilots and fuel necessitated instead a grueling hike back to the village, he writes.

First there were hours squeezed tightly onto a series of PMVs (people moving vehicles). The company was close and less than fragrant, Lourens reports.