Perhaps two maps here might give a better idea of where it was.
|After the 8-10 hr legs of the ferry flight, 6 hours to get to Nacala didn't seem too bad.|
1992 peace accord with the ruling party that ended the country's 30 year civil war in which over a million people died. There had been a number of attacks of military and civilian targets and traffic on the main north-south road was having to travel in military guarded convoys. We had also heard that some charter flights had been prevented from continuing past the initial airport of entry and so we decided to fly in 'civies'.
|Almost ready to go.|
|Crossing the Rio Save (pronounced Sarvey).|
|Unloading was somewhat easier with many hands on deck to help|
Go and weigh a tea bag - never mind, we have one here (that we prepared earlier) and it weighs 4 grams.
This isn't any old tea though and a course of 14 of these particular tea bags (56 g) taken over a week can cure Malaria as well as a whole long list of other things. So 130 Kg of the stuff is enough to treat over 2300 people and well worth the effort of raising the money to cover the cost of flying it there.
Getting it from the donors near Durban wasn't too hard - it just arrived on a truck. Getting it to Nacala, on the other hand, was a different story - in the past. Nacala is half way back to the equator from where we are and 200 km further east than Moscow. However, with the load swallowing capabilities of the Kodiak, this years flight was much easier.
The next day Myriam came to collect the tea. Artemisia was discovered in China and has been used for thousands of years as an effective cure for various diseases including Malaria. Martin and Simone along with Myriam Wahr, have set up many rural clinics and use natural medicines, many of which they grow themselves. Unfortunately the Artemisia plant will not grow properly where they live due to bad soil and irregular rain.
|The first house and ample porch under which we slept.|
|Talk about a cat on a hot tin roof or should it be, 'mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun'.|
It was silly hot and soon became apparent that to accomplish anything worthwhile they would have to get up at 04:30 before sunrise and work as long as they could and then return at about 15:00 and work until they couldn't see what they were doing. Turns out that just before dawn there was quite a bit of dew which made the roof something of an ice rink for the first hour.
Martin and Simone live 50 metres from the beach and we suppose it stands to reason that their eldest daughter is just going to have the best shell collection ever.
The day before we left we met a guy on the beech who sold us a fish. Good job the Kodiak had a large external cargo compartment!
|The Zambezi River|
|And how it looks according to the Garmin 1000 avionics suite.|
We were welcomed back by the Mercy Air staff who were eager to find out how our first trip in the Kodiak had gone.
Mercy Air team