Sunday, May 28, 2006

Back in Jogja

I arrived in Jogjakarta early this evening after an epic plane and
taxi trip via Solo, about an hour (in normal circumstances) east of
the royal city. We sat on the runway for almost an hour waiting for UN
planes to offload aid supplies at the terminal. It was hot in there,
but it's hard to complain about that kind of delay. Hundreds of
people were lined up against a chain link fence outside the terminal,
waiting for transportation out of the area. It's bad here. Looks
like the number of deaths could pass 5000.


Anonymous jakers said...

chad, you are a brave brave individual, and we want you to know that we admire you and wish for your safety.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chad - I and the family are thinking of you all the time. There is only basic news arriving here on CNN and networks - numbers killed and the injured waiting for medical help. So some shots of people camping out amidst the rubble of their houses - probably in shock. Then I picture you in the middle of all that and wnonder how it must be affecting you. Yup -you are brave, but take care of yourself - please.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, internet access has certainly smashed to smithereens our long-time family rule of “do whatever you have to, but don’t tell your mother ‘til it’s over…” Lest you think I have been blissfully unaware of your comings and goings, you have been on my mind every second since your email yesterday. Thank you for that email. I’m so proud of you, Chad. I’m also concerned that you have seen too much – and that you have still not yet seen enough. The Bangor Daily News’ front page story on the earthquake was chilling and detailed (headline – “Indonesia quake toll nears 5,000 – Survivors plead for world aid; rain torments 200,000 homeless”), and a timeline summed up the recent and current challenges to Indonesia: terrorism, bird flu, volcanoes, earthquakes, and of course, tsunami. I’m getting plenty of detail here and look forward to your on-the-ground perspective. Please be safe. You’re in my heart and thoughts. Love, Mum xxoo

7:07 AM  

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