“We are from Pedernales. Help us.” The phrase in an improvised poster carried by two girls, was enough to stop the march of a truck traveling on the road that connects Pedernales with El Carmen.
The occupants of the truck were distributing pineapples. They stopped for a moment to help them. Desperately, relatives of the minors clamored for the fruit. After they accomplished their mission, they returned to the makeshift house they built on a soccer field.
There, one of the ways food is distributed in affected areas was evidenced: without intermediaries.
But there is also the official way. Fausto Iniguez, Colonel of the General Directorate of Operations, explained that the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES) is gathering information of the affected people. The military are in charge of logistics. The police provides security assistance when walking by the affected places.
In order for this to crystallize, products (food and water) leave the storage center that was mounted in a Millennium school of the area.
The work at the school is run by Ramiro Aldas, Army colonel. He explained that the trucks arrive with supplies. Then the product is discharged, and classified for storage. Then the 200 soldiers who work at the point distribute them so these last three more days.