Doug Larsen was a South African national with a wealth of metallurgical experience having worked for leading South African mining houses as well as offshore diamond exploration projects off the Namibian coast prior to working for Branch Energy Limited at Luo and then Yetwene. Originally employed to get new projects up and running, Doug had been retained at Yetwene until the next new project. Doug (47) had resigned from Branch Energy and at the time of the attack and had three weeks of his contract left. Doug had three sons and three daughters – Carl, Warren, Chantal, Jade, February and Dylan. He was married to Karen and lived in Cape Town. Angola map
Jason James Pope, from Teignmouth in Devon, England was the oldest of three children and the only one of the four missing expatriates who wasn’t married. He was only 24 at the time of the attack and, like Doug, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had joined Branch Energy six months prior, after discovering the job on the internet. Most of his first three-month contract had been spent mapping and surveying old Portuguese diamond areas in the Menongue area in south-east Angola, liaising with villagers and elements of UNITA to guide him through the mined areas. Concerned that trouble was brewing between UNITA and the MPLA in the area, management had moved him to Yetwene which had been operational since July. Jason had worked all over the world to further his career in geology.
Born in Tahud Inopacan Leyte in the Philippines, Roberto Ruel D Bautista trained as a cook and worked in restaurants before leaving for his first contract in Angola. He was 33 and had been in Angola for less than six weeks when Yetwene was attacked. He married Marina Joy in a civil ceremony in March 1988 and a decade later, shortly before he left for Angola, the couple renewed their vows in a church wedding. Joy lives in Manila with their daughter, Kathleen. Angola companies
Forty-five-year-old Wenefredo Tolentino Amoguez was the minesite’s mechanic in charge of the Caterpillar equipment. Born in Nabunturan, Davao DelNorte in the Philippines, he took a course in automotive mechanics before marrying Emilie at age 26 and settling in Davao City, Philippines. Wenefredo specialised in heavy equipment, his skills as an automotive mechanic having paved the way for him to work in Saudi Arabia for the Kumatso Company before returning to the Philippines to work at Loyalty Mining as their chief mechanic. Wenefredo was on his first 6-month contract when Yetwene was hit. He leaves six children – Ace, Winard, Jerico, Aimee, Marc and Joanna.