“Which decision are they to take?”

by Florian Klinner, Ruth Bücker, 2011/08/05

About one week ago, a first humedica relief flight departed from Germany with the objective of transporting relief goods to Kenya for the people living at the Horn of Africa for whom we feel immense sympathy. A shipment of 30 tons of goods consisting of tube-feed nourishments, baby food, milk powder and drugs that were urgently needed in the disaster region and are a symbol of hope until this day.

humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß is unloading relief goods together with local employees. Photo: humedica/Florian Klinner

Hope for an improvement of the life-threatening circumstances. Hope for getting help in their misery. Hope that they are not forgotten in this desperate situation which they cannot escape without assistance. The distribution of first relief goods brought this hope to at least some of the starving people.

Part of the shipment was already distributed at a refugee camp in the Wajir District last Tuesday. The shipment reached the people by air and was distributed even on the same day.

At the same time Florian Klinner and local employees of the relief organisation Diguna loaded further relief goods in Nairobi, which were transported overland for a distance of 700 kilometres. The shipment’s final destination was the Dadaab Region, where hundred thousands of refugees have found shelter at makeshift camps and are in urgent need for help.

The first stage will take us about 600 kilometres to Garissa and on Wednesday morning we will travel the remaining distance under police protection”, reported Florian Klinner before the departure of the truck he accompanied in person.

Considerations regarding the necessity of police protection, however, were not the most important thought on our minds. It was considered to be merely a preventive measure, and no one took much time to think about the reasons for crimes and violence. But this time our employee, who had coordinated earlier missions in Namibia and Benin, had another experience.

People travel miles and miles carrying their last belongings in order to reach one of the refugee camps. Foto: humedica/Florian Klinner

I don’t even want to imagine being forced to take such a decision“, he reported after his return to the Kenyan capital and after the long trip that provided him with a lot of time to think about the people’s situation. And also about the crimes that are generally the result of absolute desperation.

If they have to decide: should I hold up a truck with relief goods in order to be able to safe my family and myself from death or should I not dare a hold-up, but then I cannot know if I will reach the far-off refugee camp without food or water. Which decision are they to take?

Those children, women and men who have already managed to reach one of the numerous refugee camps receive life-saving aid there. Also the relief shipment of humedica contained urgently needed goods that were essential for the survival of some children at the time.

Tube-feed nourishments and infusions for severely undernourished girls and boys whose small bodies could no longer ingest solid food, and milk powder and baby food for those who reached the refugee camp in a state of health that was luckily not yet life-threatening.

What remains after such a mission?” Florian Klinner concludes his report. “On the one hand the sad certainty that many more people will die and that although our important aid is a start, we need to extend it further at the draught-ridden Horn of Africa. All of us!

For years refugee camps have been formed around the city of Dadaab. Right now, new emergency shelters are set up every day. Foto: humedica/Florian Klinner

But then, also hope and confidence remain. Confidence when you see all the aid measures that are being implemented and the selfless and committed work of the employees of all our partner organisations and our own team. I would like to thank all those people, and of course you, dear donors. Our aid would not be possible without your support!

Without your support the only thing to remain would be the sad memory of those people that have so far not received our help. Thanks to your support we can bring hope and life-saving aid to the people in misery. Thank you very much!

      humedica e.V.
             Donation reference „Famine relief Africa
             Account 47 47
             Bank Code 734 500 00
             Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also make a donation to support our relief aid at the Horn of Africa via our online form or by means of sending a text message: simply send DOC to +49 8 11 90 and you will make a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros being directly channelled into the humedica project work. Thank you very much!

We would also like to thank Sternstunden e.V. and the Munich Airport, as well as all donor companies for supporting us and enabling us to implement this relief flight. Furthermore we would like to thank Apotheker helfen e.V. and the drug relief organisation action medeor.

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