Category Archives: B.R.C.S. MEDICAL TEAM ETHIOPIA 1974

The Baja Boy Is Dying

The Baja Boy is Dying

The Baja Boy  is dying, that’s what they said to me,
And they took me by the hand and led me there to see.
To where he sat on seat of mat, still and very cold ,
At just one, year the wizened face of a man so very old.

Silent, rounded, swollen eyes staring way past me,
Flies crusted round his nose and hands.
He did not move, he could not move just stared across the sands,
With milk, with food, with tender care, him surely we can  save .

It seemed after all, only fair, that a tiny boy so brave.
So we resolved at least to try to save this little one
But when we came back just four hours past

The baja boy had gone

David Ellaway, 1985 (d. 2005)

Ambulance driver with the Emergency British Red Cross Team in Ethiopia, with Sister Elizabeth Caswell (1974)


Going out
Briefing in London at Red Cross HQ on the 12th February 1974. From left seated at the table: David Ellaway (ambulance driver), Delwyn Evans (state registered nurse), Daphne Cuthill (nursing auxiliary) , Jackie Simmons (trained nurse), Dr Phillippa Wilson, Sister Caswell (state registered nurse and midwife), Margaret Carrington (state registered nurse and midwife), Unknown, Unknown, man on phone also unknown)


On the 12th February 1974 the British Red Cross team met for the first time at the British Red Cross Head Quarters. Other Red Cross teams from Germany, New Zealand, Finland , Australia were also taking part as part of the International Red Cross’ mission. The British team lasted the longest.

The only members of the team who had worked abroad before were Sister Caswell and Margaret Carrington.

Briefing in London at Red Cross HQ 12021974