31 August 2011
MAF's frequent shuttle flights to drought-affected northern Kenya have benefited a large number of aid agencies and missions working to provide relief and development in recent weeks.
MAF pilot Marco Koffeman reports:
It's Monday, and my first flight to Dadaab and Wajir, two places in northern Kenya on the border with Somalia. On board we have 10 passengers working for World Vision, Operation Blessing, Samaritan's Purse and Catholic Relief Services.
The landing on Dadaab is uneventful, as the airstrip is tarmac and plenty long. Dadaab is in an area with a huge desert where the main thing is the fierce wind that seems to blow all the time!
While we are refuelling from the drums that are stored at the airstrip I am approached by Adam, a hydraulics specialist who works for Samaritan's Purse. He needs to travel to Nairobi, and wants to know if we have space for him. When we land at Nairobi, Wilson Airport, later he shares how grateful he is for MAF. Two weeks ago he nearly lost his life on the dangerous roads in the Dadaab area. Being able to travel with MAF is not only more convenient it is also a lot safer!
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