Andrew and Priscilla went into Antalya today to get blankets and warm clothes. He went into the slums of Antalya to get the supplies he would take to the earthquake victims. These people have nothing and yet they bought brand new blankets for the victims. They stuffed every nook and cranny of the truck and sent them off. They didn’t send them to the distribution center in Van after all. They sent them directly to a village of 2000 that was hit quite hard and has received nothing from the outside as of yet due to the difficult road situation. At least that is the news I got Anna. Haven’t heard from them directly but to us The people of the Antalya are heroes and Priscilla is a hero and my man is a hero. Pray for safety. It is a very long 2 days drive.
Turkey has just experience a huge earthquake. 7.2. A thousand people feared dead. Maybe more.
(Photo: Reuters/Abdurrahman Antakyali/Anadolu Agency)
We are 1000kms from the earthquake and did not feel anything. Far enough from the earthquake to be unaffected but close enough to drive there and assist the rescue efforts.
I have a friend named Ismael who is contacting the Red Crescent today to see if our family can help out. We have a strong truck and could easily transport cans of food, blankets, tents or water. The main road out of Vans is destroyed but I think our 4×4 overlander, with its high clearance, could make it through.
Once I hear from the Red Crescent what the needs are and how we could help, I will post something here.
QUITE POSSIBLY, I might need some volunteers to come. You would fly to Antalya tomorrow and we will take 2.5 days to drive there. We might need money for diesel and food and whatever supplies are needed. Will let you know soon.
We are now in the South Island of New Zealand.
A man asked me and the kids if we are “refugees from Christchurch”.
We said, “no”.
“You look like you could be”.
Makes you think, doesn’t it. Normal everyday people. People like us. People that look like us. Running away from homes that aren’t safe anymore.
Andrew is supposed to speak in Christchurch. “We are fine,” says Noah down in Christchurch, “We have lots of floorspace. Just no electricity, no water and no sewer. We have no phone til the electricity goes back on.” Now think about this for a moment.
Part of me thinks. Lets go in and do something. Anything. I tell you we have been so close to so many “natural disasters” the last couple of years. We ask, we offer and nothing. Should we just be jumping in. Should we have jumped in during the floods in Portugal or the floods in Iran and Pakistan or now in Christchurch. Throwing all caution to the wind and say, “here we are!”
So here we are on the edges of another natural disaster. We are strangely safe. I thought that traveling full time would make us feel more at risk but it has had just the opposite effect. We feel less at risk. Maybe partly because we have less stuff to be at risk. We have a small shovel instead of a sewer. We have an 8 litre water bag instead of water pipes. We have unbreakable dishes. We don’t have a mortgage. But being safe doesn’t change the fact that others are at risk.
We are not in Christchurch and are OK. We won’t be going to the South Island for a long time…. um….. tomorrow.
Lots of people around here have been calling friends and families. Some rushed home taking the ferry and rental cars because planes are not going. Local stories of little old ladies crawling out of their windows to get out of the house, broken glass, close calls. At times like these it is good to remember the people more than worry about the stuff although many have lost almost all that is breakable in their home. At present 60+ reported dead.
Will pray for families of the dead and wisdom for those going through rubble.