FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS: Katie and David Appleton in ThailandKatie, David and teenaged sons Sam & Max Appleton live in Phuket, Thailand. They were there during the tsunami - and continue to provide gallant efforts to help rebuild and help people. Their journal is a first hand perspective of what they are doing to try and pick up the pieces:
In the early afternoon I took two women up to the airport to try to arrange flights. Both have husbands missing and both are loath to leave until all hope is gone.
The German woman had been up in Khao Lak in a bungalow when the tsunami hit. She was thrown directly out the back door far into the jungle. She doesn’t remember landing – she woke up in the back of a pick-up truck – and she limped into our school on Monday night, looking very battered. Today we managed to get her a ticket and boarding pass for a flight back to Germany. She was so torn about leaving – wanting to get home and heal in the comfort of family and friends, yet afraid of deserting her husband wherever he is. When I drove her back to the airport this evening, she told me how she’s had repeated dreams of waves and drowning for the past year – dreams that she couldn’t explain away. She frets now how her husband had wanted to go to South America this year, not to Thailand again. But that he gave in to her, knowing how much she loves the country. I asked her if she thinks she will ever return. She hesitantly said, yes. She doesn’t blame the country and can only believe this is her fate which the dreams foretold.
Read more about about the Appletons and their thoughts and efforts:
APPLETON'S PHUKET UPDATE