By Laura Sheahen, Catholic Relief Services
As hard as I try to skirt broken glass and shattered roof tiles, my footsteps crackle as our Caritas USA (Catholic Relief Services – CRS) team moves through a quake-damaged village in Indonesia. In many alleyways, there’s simply nowhere else to walk.
Seventy-two hours after the powerful quake struck, Caritas has already distributed thousands of blankets, lamps, tarps and more to villagers who fled their collapsing homes. Our crew is now surveying the damage, trying to figure out which houses might be made livable and which ones can’t be salvaged.
Mostly with their bare hands, men are working on the less-damaged buildings, trying to mend roofs. I see no wheelbarrows, few tools, and zero ladders; how did they get up there? Continue reading