Info & News
from the Generalate
from the Provinces
SAKSI Aceh - Nias Team
Information on the Disaster in Aceh –
and the action of SAKSI Team
Gaby, SAKSI Team, among Aceh women refugees
1. The result of Earthquake and Tsunami in Aceh and Nias:
The earthquake and tsunami which hit NAD (Nangroe Aceh Darrusalam) and
Nias Island on Sunday, 26 December 2004 resulted in:
- Many places in NAD (Banda Aceh, Aceh Jaya, Meulaboh, etc) and Nias
(Sub districts Mandrehe, Sirombu, etc) were terrible destroyed causing
many deaths and injuries. The earthquake zone faces many difficulties,
i.e. food, clothing, houses and clean water.
- Turn up of the wave of refugees.
Thousands of refugees had left the devastated location and fled to many
places in the area NAD itself (Banda Aceh, Lhokseumawe, Sinabang and Kec.
Pulau Banyak) as well as outside NAD (most of them in Medan –North
Sumatera). In Nias Island they fled only to the surrounding areas, to
higher places and stayed in the houses of others and in temporary tents
in four posts. Of the four posts, one post is used for the distribution
of donation and the other three are not functional anymore because many
refugees have gathered together with their relatives who are not
affected by the disaster.
- From the thousands of these refugees, SAKSI Aceh dan Nias Team
has decided to give the emergency donation for the refugees in sub
districts of Banyak Island - Kab. Aceh Singkil, Banda Aceh and in Nias
Island. However, this Team remains open to help other refugees in
many other places if it is needed.
2. Tackling the disaster:
- Handling the dead (to evacuate and bury the corpses). It has been
done and still going on.
- Repairing the infrastructure and communication, also done by the
- Caring for and giving the donation to those who are still alive (the
injured and the refugees) are still going on.
Main focus now is for the living, who are still in the area of disaster
and in the refugee camps.
Involvement of SVD and PADMA Indonesia through SAKSI Team
To tackle this disaster, JPIC SVD Java and PADMA Indonesia through SAKSI
Aceh - Nias Team has taken these steps:
- Collect data and information and do a field investigation:
The team is divided into two: the first is for Nias and the second
is for Aceh.
- SAKSI Nias Team has gone to Nias on 29 December to do initial
investigation. They have collected data on the dead and the living.
Besides, they also made data on physical destructions and emergency
needs of the victims to be helped as soon as possible. (See the report
of SAKSI Nias Team no 1) Follow-up of the investigation in Nias has
been continued again to take the details and accurate information.
- SAKSI Aceh Team has entered the district NAD, i.e. Banda Aceh and
Singkil (Kab. Aceh Singkil), especially to the place which is planned
to be the refugees’ destination, to do the investigation in order to
gather complete data and information on the victims. (See the report
of SAKSI Aceh Team no 1 & 2).
- The outcome of the initial investigation to Aceh and Nias showed
that emergency needs for the living (refugees) are food, clothing,
medicine, clean water, toilets, money for transportation to search for
their missing families, and seek the help of the electronic media to
show the faces of the victims who are still alive in the refugee
- Give first help:
- Responding to those emergency needs, SAKSI Team has given first
help to the victims in Nias (Mandrehe and Sirombu), such as food,
clothing and medicine, through Fr. Mikael To Pr, Parish Priest of St.
Maria Gunung Sitoli, Nias, on 05 January 2005.
- SAKSI Team has also given first aid to the victims in Banda Aceh.
These helps included food, cleaned water, clothing and money for
transportation to search for their missing families. For other
victims, we still try in many suitable ways to give helps so that it
does not offend others, like the government/army, NGOs, Moslem
organization, etc. We need to be sensitive to the social, cultural and
religious aspects of the situation and place.
- Based on the investigation on Banyak Island – Kab. Aceh Singkil,
SAKSI Team has found out that in this place there are some 400 heads
of families who have become victims but have never received any media
attention. Therefore SAKSI Team together with the local government in
Kab. Aceh Singkil have given food to these victims.
- Collaboration with our Moslem brothers and sisters:
Because of the obstacles in giving the donation to the victims
particularly those who are Moslems, SAKSI Team collaborates with our
Moslem brothers and sisters in Banda Aceh, especially with the
university students who belong to SEFA group (Safe, Emergency For Aceh).
In this collaboration SAKSI Team is asked to take care of the children’s
education and sanitation.
- Short and Long-term action :
In line with the emergency task, SAKSI Team has been doing a
short-term action, i.e. food, clothing, clean water in the refugees
camps and toilets. For long-term action, SAKSI Team plans to explore
clean water, to help in children’s education and to build simple houses
together with the victims.