It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post, but I wanted you to know that there has been devastating fire in the village of Maramara, Chad. Thankfully no one was hurt, but 85% of the village has been destroyed. The people lost their homes, food storage, crops, seeds, and some of their animals.
The dark colored ash is where a home used to be. Fires are not unusual in eastern Chad. Maramara has had fires before, but they have taken out a couple of homes at the most. They've never seen anything like this in the years of the existence as a tribe.
We don't know what our next steps will be in helping the people of Maramara, but we will be working closely with World Concern to decide what is best over the next few days. We will keep you updated as we get more information.
Remember, there are three phases of helping those with needs: relief, rehabilitation, and development. We thought we were coming into Maramara for development purposes. As of today, we are in a relief and rehabilitation relationship with Maramara.
More news coming later. This is totally and completely devastating.