I am too upset to make much sense of this right now. In 1997 I helped build a Health Unit in village called Nametsi in Eastern Uganda.
Nametsi has just been virtually obliterated by a land slide caused by recent rains. Many people are dead and missing. Unfortunately, the Health Unit was the only ‘permanent’ building in the village and so became a natural refuge for the children when they heard the landslide coming….
All gone now; all of it; all of them.
No one knows how many yet, but I know what the total is…….too many. I can’t bear to think about what it must have been like. It would have been pretty dark too when the village was engulfed by the roar and devastation that thousands of tons of mud and rocks brings.
I have been to Nametsi many, many times; always on foot as Nametsi has no road. It generally takes over an hour to walk there from the nearest barely 4×4 drivable track. This is seriously going to hamper any help, even if it is available. It is a logistical nightmare to get equipment and materials to Nametsi, our team even had to break open bags of cement into smaller loads to get them up there. Cement mixers had to be taken apart to get them up the narrow, twisting and often steep track.
This is what it looks like now…..
The survivors in Nametsi are going to need as much help as they can get. I will try to update this page as I get more news from my friend Damascus, who lives in a nearby village. I will also find out if there is anything that we can do directly, but for now…….
Forgive me for asking but please consider a donation to the British Red Cross go to ‘donate now’ and then down to the Disaster Fund. I can hardly bring myself to sign off as I usually do, but maybe it is more relevant for me now, than ever