March 2015 – Disaster in Paradise 03
“Be at his house at 10 in the morning”, that’s what the personal secretary of the president told us. We couldn’t quite make it – our driver was late. Roads were blocked by tractors moving fallen trees aside.
In our interview he gave us a brief report on the situation on his islands as well as an outlook to the future of Vanuatu. The main problem in the aftermath of cyclone Pam is the shortage of drinking water. Still tens of thousands of people have no access to clean water, a life threatening situation especially for children end elderly citizens.
What the president asked me after our cameras were turned off was “You Germans are well known for your THW and their water purification systems. They were so helpful in other disaster areas before. Why don’t we get your help as our people need it desperately to survive?”
I had no answer…
To be continued