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02/11/05 12:00AM
Total Collected:
US$ 69,122.10

Summary Updates
by Saiful Mahdi

January 20, 2005 - uploaded 01/26/05 12:30PM

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The mobile clinics did not run today. The nurses, who also look after their own families, do not come as today is the day before Eid ul Adha Islamic festival day. Acehnese call the day “Uro Meugang” when livestock especially beef is sold everywhere. A father or a son-in-law is seemingly obliged to bring meat home to be cooked for the breakfasting of Arafah Day and for the Eid celeberation the next day. Mothers are often busy at home cooking festival foods and cookies helped by their family members.

Some of our PCC volunteers are going back to their village. “Hari Raya” is the day where you meet your family members and village folks. But the PCC command post remained opened and very active. The aid supplies distribution is going on as usual. At the end of the day, I was told that the day was the busiest as we sent more than 7 pickup deliveries to villages in Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar. Besides basic supplies, this time we include prayer needs like “mukena” or “telekong”, sarong, and the Qur’an. Also a lot of new childrens’ clothes were distributed today. Some were even distributed on the street where we found kids. If the kids wore badly torn clothes, PCC volunteers just approacedh the kids and ask them to take the new clothes. Ready for Hari Raya!

Even some of Indonesia’s military (TNI) come to PCC command post to report their missing family members and to ask for aid supplies.

Using a two way radio donated through CNY Aceh Relief Fund, Linda, one of the PCC board members is coordinating the aid supplies deliveries. On stacks behind her are some supplies from an international NGO, delivered daily to IDPs.

We formed Team 8 last night and had a meeting at 10am. We talked about the mission and objective of the team, job descriptions, and the immediate agenda. We agreed to ask Ed Aspinall, a researcher and volunteer from Univ. of Sydney to help us collect contacts in UN bodies and International NGOs before he leave on Jan 25. That way, we might have better access to those organizations.

PCC volunteers come from different backgrounds and places. Not all are Acehnese. There are volunteers from Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya, and other places, including foreigners who come to work at this very active humanitarian command post. Some volunteers said that they are happy because work at PCC keeps them busy. Even the government central post at the city hall, where they first went, is not as busy.

At the afternoon, a very dear friend of mine and I went to see another dear friend who survived the quake and tsunami but lost his wife and one daughter. A younger daughter keeps crying and is hardly separable from the father. It was in Indrapuri, about 30 minutes by car.

Sabri, my dear friend who found his wife dead after the tsunami and lost one daughter. (His story was covered on CNN in the US about two weeks ago and in its footage Sabri was shown limping and moving from shelter to shelter with a picture of his missing daughter.) He was reporting his surviving younger daughter when we visited him.

Sabri, a great friend whose leg was trapped in a hole when running for his and his daughter’s life from the Tsunami’s chasing wave.

Supplies are delivered even when night is falling. Rickshaws are used when our rented pickup trucks are occupied with aid deliveries.

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