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Image of 瓦努阿圖的啟示

Humanitarian, Oceania25 MAR 2015

樂施會救援人員在維拉港的避難中心,向災民派發緊急衛生用品。
文: 李國鵬圖: Amy Christian/OxfamAUS
星期六(3月14日)雖然不用上班,但當從新聞報道中知道瓦努阿圖發生嚴重風災,已知道接下來的一星期會有大量的工作需要處理,包括各種的新聞稿、籌款網頁和Facebook Post等等。
星期一(3月16日)回到辦公室,果然從各地樂施會收到大量的資訊,特別是澳洲樂施會,由於本身有人員派駐瓦努阿圖,所以可以獲得第一時間的資訊。接下來幾天,我工作的整個部門都進入戰鬥狀態,要把來自四方八面的消息整理和發佈,並呼籲大眾捐款支持瓦努阿圖的救災工作。
風災首數天,因為通訊設施所限,加上風災對設施的破壞,前線工作人員很多時都未能掌握確實的傷亡人數,我一直打從心底希望這個數字不要一直攀升就好。樂施會的人員已連同物資趕赴現場,但由於當地交通設施嚴重破壞,情況是需要數天至一星期時間才能送到南部偏遠小島。

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Image of 'We have had to use all of our savings to buy food'

Humanitarian, Oceania20 MAR 2015

Hygiene kits are distributed at Lycee Bouganville school which is acting as a temporary evacuation centre. Photo credit: Amy Christian/OxfamAUS

By Oxfam Communications Coordinator Amy Christian, in Vanuatu 
Yesterday I arrived in Vanuatu to join the Oxfam emergency response team as they respond to the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.As our plane descended into Port Vila, I caught glimpses of the islands that make up Vanuatu between perfectly formed clouds, which looked still, as if in a painting — the blue of the ocean a calm turquoise canvas beneath. The islands themselves looked ravaged, trees torn and broken and houses left without roofs or walls. I found myself imagining how different this view would have been just a week before, on the eve of the biggest cyclone to ever hit the Pacific.

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