Watch my short film on the warehouse filled with biscuits
In every new place that I enter in Padang, I find myself looking for a WFP colleague (yes, during this operation we might call them this). It feels comfortable. Aria Jabbar Amirmachmud, responsible for the logistics at the airport, has seen us before we have seen him. He arrived 2 days after the eartquake and has seen 70 ton of biscuits, 10 ton of noodles and lots of other items passing by. This week this will be added with the 50 ton of TNT. Aria tells us that the stories you hear and read in the media are not always correct. No under- or overpilling: it seems to be working out fine, at least from a logistical point of view. Aria has worked with TNT before during the Tsunami as well as in Djokjakarta. We are glad to see him. Likewise.
Our plane that has left Surabaya this morning arrives at 13:15. TNT Indonesia has chartered an airplane of one of her partners, Cardig Air. After I shook hands with the pilots, I climb in. There they are: 8 pallets of the biscuits. And more to come. The unloading goes rather smootly except of some minor complications (like a kind of metal pin that’s sticking out and is temporarily blocking our pallets). After unloading, the boxes are carried (or thrown..) into a truck..by hand. Of course our Australian friend is helping out. He has a wife in Berkel en Rodenrijs (a dutch village near Rotteram) so we totally understand each other. Our cooperation runs smootly. I lift one box at a time, the aussies lift 2 or even 3 boxes at a time in a speed twice as fast. It still takes more than an hour. The biscuits will stay overnight in a warehouse, 8 kilometers of Padang. There they will depart for their final destination: the people of Padang and Pariaman. This will de done by WFP themselves and I will go with hem.
It is dark already and I am in the mediacenter again. I have used all my smiles and little jokes to borrow a laptop for a few hours from a guy named Frans, another aidworker with a dutch name. Nice! The connection between Indonesia and the Netherlands is visible in more than one way. Downloading my material takes ages, so I will be here for a few hours. Between at least 40 other people who have settled here to help out. It feels good to be with them, despite the reason of my being here. The flexibility, friendlyness and energy are incredible. We all have the same goal, after all. Everbody makes his or own contribution. The lives these people live could not be more different from mine.