My Experience in C.A.R. – by Nana Wayigo

As an organization, our efforts to bring aid to those in need take us across vast expanses of the African continent. For our customers, DAC Aviation’s unparalleled ability to move entire aircraft, crew, and operations staff within a moments notice, is but one of the many competitive advantages that sets us apart from the rest.

The story you are about to read begins on December 9th 2013 and is a demonstration of DAC’s ability to go where other organizations will not, and do in record time, with the highest standards of professionalism. This story is a first hand account of the events through the eyes our very own Program Assistant, Nana Wayigo, depicting DAC’s emergency mission sending her into the heart of war and devastation in the Central African Republic.

THURSDAY 12th December 2013:

Today was Kenya’s 50th anniversary, and the fourth day for DAC mission into CAR. It started off as usual; we arrived at the airport at 07.00am. We checked in all 18 passengers for the morning flight and proceeded to take of at 09:00am.

When we arrived in Bangui we found the evacuees patiently waiting for us at the airport. This is the second day that we are evacuating families. I am told that the situation at the airport remains relatively safe, even though I do not feel convinced. Nevertheless, every time the passengers see the CRJ arriving, they look so relieved, it is all I can do but smile. Today, we evacuated a total of 33 passengers from Bangui.

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As much as I do not want to take false credit, I am convinced that we have contributed to the life we see at the Bangui airport, or at the very least, provided a beacon of hope. Just a few days ago on the first day of our mission, we had a large number of cancellations. Many organizations that felt the situation at the Bangui airport was not safe. Today, we have life. The only way to defeat war and strife and any tragedy that may befall us is to begin to live again, and I think that is what has begun to happen. We are such a familiar and comforting sight, even to me and I work for the operation. Every time I start to walk back to the aircraft, I am short of running, and I know the passengers feel the same.