Retelling the moment the PNG earthquake struck

Retelling the moment the PNG earthquake struck
Steven Doe, World Vision PNG Communications Officer, visited Mt. Hagen Provincial Hospital in the wake of the earthquake. There he met Aube and two of her seven children who recounted their frightening ordeal. 

What is your name and how many children do you have?
My name is Aube and I have 7 seven children. With me in the hospital is Waloku (2-years-old), Hayabi (4 months).

What happened during the earthquake in your village?
I lost my house and my garden during the earthquake. When the earthquake started I ran out for safety with my two youngest children. Suddenly there was a landslide just up from my house and a huge rock fell onto my head. One hit my 2-year-old son’s head too. I ran with the little strength I had, to a safe place, then to the airstrip. The next day, I was airlifted to Mt. Hagen Hospital. Thankfully everyone in my family is alive.

There have been several aftershocks since you arrived in the hospital. What do you think and feel when they hit?
I’m thinking of how my husband and my other five children are, and what they are going through. The earthquakes are much stronger at home and I worry another landslide will happen. They may die if the earth continues to shake. 

What are you worried about for your future?
I have lost everything I had once, the house, the garden and clean water. Now I’m worried, where will I find a place to sleep, a place to eat fresh food and a place to drink clean water. 

What do you know of your children and husband’s current situation?
I’m not sure whether they are safe, because I haven’t contacted them for 3 weeks now. The mobile phone towers are out so I have no way to know what is happening. Maybe my children are having diarrhea, malaria or some other sickness caused by the earthquake. I do not know until I go home how they will be. 

Aube and her children are recovering well and are soon to return home from the hospital. World Vision is on the ground working with families like Aube providing clean water and non-food items to help them recover.