Date: Tuesday 20th August 2019
An agonising wait for an Appleby couple ended after news that their aid worker son had been released after being held captive by an armed group in a remote part of Ethiopia for nineteen days. News of Mike Wood’s capture was kept secret so as not to endanger negotiations for his release, but he is now safely on his way home. Mike, the 43-year-old son of Gordon and Dorothy Wood, Chapel House, Appleby, returned to Ethiopia earlier this year for a two-year stint heading a community-based rural development project with the international relief organisation CARE. Police began a search for him after he failed to return from a morning run in the remote area where he worked.