Gathering Hope from Rubbles #Mentawai

Huge devastation is the only vision from the Malakopa hamlet in Pagai Selatan Island. YEU team arrives on the location by coincidence on Saturday (30/10). The team arranged to conduct mobile clinic to Purourougat and Sabiret hamlets on rented boat which should be reached within two-hour ride. But, due to bad weather which triggers high wave on the sea, the team is forced to go in land to Malakopa hamlet.

Josias Saogo, a native Malakopa whom we meet at the first time, lend a hand to guide the team to get through the hardship after struggling on the raging sea. He explains that his house is completely destroyed by the tsunami wave, because the distant is only 200-meter away from the coastal line. Although he has lost his belongings in a matter of seconds, he recalled how lucky he was at that time because his family were all safe, as well as all his neighbours.

Josias were watching television with his family a few moments before the earthquake hit the village. When the quake happened they run outside the house and listened to the thundering sound from the sea. They quickly run to the nearby hill. Once they were approaching the top of the hill, they saw the tsunami wave as high as 2 meter already crushed the houses.  

He is now staying in a temporary shelter made of wood on the hill. He prepared the house long before the tsunami on 25 October 2010, because he listened to the recommendation from the government after 2007 earthquake to build shelter that can be used in times of emergency.

He used to gather taro and banana with two purposes; for daily staple and for sale in the traditional market in Sikakap. After the tsunami, he could not gather any food staple since all are gone. At the moment, he gathers furniture and material left worth salvaging with his bamboo basket on his shoulder and machete on his hand. He continues gathering hope from the wreckage left by the tsunami. (Agnes Dewi/YEU)

Sikakap, 31 October 2010, 00.25 WIB


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Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: Follow us in twitter @yeu2001
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