Info & News
from the Generalate
from the Provinces
Information from Indonesia
about the Tsunami
To: Niels Johansen
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 3:23 PM
Subject: Urgent need for information
Thank you for your e-mail. As you may have watched in the news, it is
really dissastrous. The information we got so far, our confreres in Nias
are escaped uninjured. However, we have no adequate information yet as it
is very difficult to contact them. All phone connections do not work. Our
confreres in Medan also face the same dificculty. I will come back to you
soon with more information.
Further to my previous e-mail, there is some more added information I
have collected late this evening.
- Our mission stations in Sumatera suffer minor damages. However, still
very little information about Nias Island.
- Our confreres in Medan (North Sumatera), especially Fr. Due, Joseph,
work with the Archdiocese to form the archdiocese crisis centre, as Aceh
is a part of this archdiocese. Fr. Due has not given me detailed plan yet.
He promised to let me know soon.
- Our confreres in Surabaya have started fund raising in their parishes
to help. They plan to send donation to the Medan Archdiocese crisis
- Along with several other religious congregation, I have started fund
raising, both from religious communities in Surabaya and from our lay
people. We also will send
our donation to the crisis centre.
So far I am not able to give you the address or phone number of that
crisis centre and who is in charge. The communication to that area is very
The official statement encourage us to brace ourselves as the victim
seem to be more than we could imagine now. The west coast of Aceh is
totally isolated now, no communication at all. Phone lines have been cut
down. Roads were also unacessible, while along that coast probably more
than one million people living. We
have not known yet how many of them are still alive.
That is for now. I will come back with more information afterwards.
Fraternally in the Divine Word.