“We are wearing scavenged clothes”AAR Japan is engaged in emergency relief activities in Vanuatu, a South Pacific island country, which was struck by Cyclone Pam from March 13th to 14th, 2015. The cyclone devastated Vanuatu, a sprawling country of 83 islands and approximately 230,000 people. The storm affected around 166,000 people who are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
AAR Japan dispatched Fukuro KAKIZAWA to Vanuatu on March 18th, 2015. He assessed the extent of damage on Tanna Island, which suffered severe damage, and Efate Island, where Port Vila, the capital city, is located. AAR Japan distributed clothes and kitchen goods in villages on the east side of Efate Island following coordination meetings with other humanitarian agencies from all over the world, including the United Nations. The other agencies had not yet reached these villages despite the scale of damage.
|A mother and daughter living in Takara Village receive a bag full of clothes. Clean clothes were not available for two weeks in the aftermath of the cyclone. Fukuro KAKIZAWA of AAR Japan. (Right) (March 26th, 2015)|
|A local staff member, Margaret (center), is also a victim of the cyclone. She pushed herself hard when distributing relief goods in Ebao Village, saying “I would like to help other victims”. (March 29th, 2015)|
|Children showing clothes they just received in Ebao village. Since most men are at work during the day, women and children came to the distribution site. (March 29th, 2015)|
|A woman cooking with distributed kitchen goods in Primo Water Village. AAR Japan’s distribution was the first emergency assistance that the village received. (March 29th, 2015)|
|This picture captures relief kitchen goods for one family. The victims were using muddy dishes after digging them out of the ground before AAR Japan’s kitchen set distribution.|
|Cyclone Pam swept away all of the trees and the ground turned brown. This place was previously a jungle. (March 29th, 2015)|