"I DO not know how to describe my feelings and what to say", said Margaret as she stood on the now extended bank of the Nalibiu River.
The river had taken away her palm oil plants and half of her banana plantation. What remains now is a sandy patch of land.
"The palm oil plantation would provide for school fees of the children,”said an obviously sad Margaret. “The bananas would be for sold for the patients at the National Referral Hospital.”
"We had to swim to get away from the surging water", said Anna as we drove along and road where the water rose to about 10 feet. The huge logs brought down by the river provided the evidence.
Their homes and the area surrounding it are filled with several inches of mud and silt.
"I realise I have to build my house on a solid foundation,” said Margaret as she pondered her loss.
Holy Saturday morning was spent cleaning up the surroundings. It was good that many students and several persons joined the clean-up.
I addressed the disaster victims who are well cared for in regard to food and medical needs. However, security and sanitation are still a concern.
It is going to be a long uphill climb, as the people return to rebuild and reconstruct their lives.
May the Light of the Risen Lord guide them.