Earthquake Response

MAF is currently involved in coordinated effort with other groups to provide earthquake relief and medical evacuations.

Bringing help in their hour of greatest need

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Caravan pilot Steven Eatwell became a huge blessing and encouragement to the earthquake-stricken people at Huya and Bosavi. On board with Steven was Nawi Mabo, our Ground Ops Training Coordinator.

“Today, I had the chance to see first-hand the devastation caused by the recent earthquake. Among them was a woman who was the sole survivor of a group of about 13 people that were buried by a landslide while trying to get to Komo for marketing."

“Another woman whom we also picked up was injured from falling rocks and branches caused by an aftershock a day after the major earthquake. She had wounds on her head and other parts of the body. Her little boy was also picked up. He had one eye injured as a result of being hit by debris falling from the hill side. There were a number of people who sustained injuries from running into objects while attempting to exit houses and huts in the dark during the major tremor. The health worker at Bosavi said there were no medicines to treat people and expressed sadness of doing nothing much during this critical time.“

“When talking to the people, many stated that very few people have left the villages and gone to their gardens out of fear of getting injured or killed should another tremor strike again. With tremors happening between 20 – 30 minutes intervals up till now that adds to their fear. Food gardens, especially on ridges, were reportedly destroyed and this was confirmed from the aerial survey. Rivers and creeks turned muddy and were blocked with fallen trees and rocks causing water to build upstream then burst open and send a flood of fast travelling debris downstream wiping away food gardens. From the air, most ridges around Huya had evidence of landslides. There surely is much more damage than we would guess. A more comprehensive assessment of the affected area is needed!”

“The appreciation to MAF for being there at this critical time of need” stated Nawi, “was overwhelming especially at Huya where we dropped 240 kilograms of food supplies courtesy of Sally Lloyd”. Nawi went on to say, “Some people shed tears, I joined them! I have worked 12 years with MAF but have not seen this level of gratitude by people who express thankfulness when help comes at their greatest hour of need.”

“As we prepared to leave the people, Steve Eatwell asked me to pray with the people. I did, encouraging them we (MAF) will splash the stories and pictures of the devastation the earthquake caused and work to get help coming their way. We encouraged them that people everywhere were praying for them and other areas affected by the earthquake. The community leader on behalf of his people thanked MAF for being there all this time, more so at this time when the need for help is even greater.”

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