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Moped rescue mission (Tsunami story)

Postby Micronaut » Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:07 am

Both endeavors will be made easier with the jeep and diesel truck Scott is bringing. He's also got a moped, bicycles, and 50 pairs of shoes donated by St. John Baptist Church in Tacoma, south of Seattle.

Note from Wayne There are many stories I've yet to post regarding small bikes and the diaster. Turns out these 'moped' riders saved a LOT of lives and could help rescue efforts by getting where cagers couldn't go. I have seen the news shows. A lot of the bikes are between 50 and 100cc. They may not be true mopeds-- but I think the point is that your little moped could be an impromptu rescue sqad

If I was lying in the road and a doctor pulled up on a moped I would be extremely happy. The whole of the article is below. It was not as interesting as some of the other stories so I interrupted it to let you know there's more interesting moped rescue posts coming
full article and link




[b]SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCE [/b}
Saturday, January 15, 2005 · Last updated 11:35 a.m. PT
Native son returns to rebuild his village


By MELANTHIA MITCHELL
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER


SEATTLE -- More than 30 years after he fled his African homeland looking for a safer and brighter future, Raymond Scott will return to Sierra Leone to rebuild the struggling villages that were his father's legacy.

The 21st century chief seeks to bring new hope to his piece of the war-torn coastal nation.

"There are human beings involved that need to be taken care of," said Scott, 54 and a finance analyst for Boeing Co. "The only way I best know is to change how they do things, to give them hope that they can do things themselves."


Scott this weekend heads to Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, where he'll meet and unload a cargo container packed with building supplies, food, clothing and vehicles. He'll transport the supplies more than 165 miles southeast to Bo and then 25 miles to land that has been in his family since the 1500s.

It's a long journey that Scott, along with wife Bryanna, began in December 2003 when he returned home to bury his father, Joseph Scott-Manga IV.

Scott had not been home since 1991 because of continued fighting in the country. When he did return for two weeks, he spent only three hours with his father's body - the rest of his time was preoccupied with resolving squabbles and calming family concerns.

"It was not a funeral. It was daily negotiations," Scott said, later adding with a laugh that leading a chiefdom "is not a glamorous thing."

The chiefdom includes at least eight villages, and is home to more than 3,000 villagers and subsistence farmers. Scott found his people living in thatched-roof huts. In his ancestral village of Ngalu, buildings stood gutted and burned out by a decades-long civil war. A church his father intended to build years ago stood waiting to be completed.

"There are similar chiefdoms in the same or worse position than our little hole in the wall," Scott said with a chuckle. But he acknowledges few will receive the support and resources he has bestowed upon the 40-square-mile territory he left more than 30 years ago.

At the time, Scott was a young student at the prestigious, British-run Bo School. Known as the Eton of West Africa, its students were hand-selected and came only from ruling families, Scott said.

Scott was selected for a student-exchange program, a path his family pushed him along because they didn't support the country's leadership and feared for his safety.

"People feared for our lives, especially if you were a Bo School boy and a product of the Southern Mende tribe," said Scott.

In 1973, with help from the American Embassy and the Peace Corps, Scott arrived in Washington, D.C., where he had relatives. Later that year he moved to Seattle.

"I've been here ever since. Got married, had a kid who just graduated from Penn State ... and is now training in State College for the NFL draft. That is the ultimate American dream. I so much appreciate about this country - makes me proud to have become an American," he said, chuckling during a cell phone interview as he prepared to return to his homeland.

Scott has spent more than $60,000 of his own money and taken out a second mortgage on his home in Renton. He's determined to rebuild the foundering region and improve the well-being of its residents. Among the items in the container: 7.5 tons of cement and 6 tons of rice to help feed villagers and rebuild their homes.

Cement may seem an odd and costly item to ship, but it comes at a premium in Sierra Leone, where the output of the country's only plant is mostly taken up by construction of a new U.S. Embassy complex, Scott said.

"The container was going anyway, and there was room," he said matter-of-factly.

Scott is also bringing a small generator to operate a sawmill he'll use to harvest trees in the chiefdom. His people are virtually shut out of the lumber industry because they lack proper tools. At night the generator will light the villages, a rare luxury in the chiefdom.

Scott's long-term plan is to establish a diamond mining operation, and a large-scale rice growing business - the latter on land that government militia fighters once used as a training ground.

Both endeavors will be made easier with the jeep and diesel truck Scott is bringing. He's also got a moped, bicycles, and 50 pairs of shoes donated by St. John Baptist Church in Tacoma, south of Seattle.

A larger 20-ton diesel generator donated by a family in Kenmore awaits shipment later this year to help support the chiefdom and a mission St. John's plans to establish. It will help Scott realize another dream of his father's - bringing Christianity and education to his chiefdom.

The church, with a large population of African immigrants, participates in a global outreach program that ministers to poorer populations and countries. With its help, Scott hopes to eventually build an aqueduct system for clean drinking water.

Pastor LeeArthur Madison said Scott is an ideal recipient of the church's support.

"Brother Raymond Scott seems to be a person who really focuses on empowerment," Madison said. "He's not just asking for resources, but wants to develop a partnership and help people help themselves."
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