Residents in Marok Tua, Riau Islands, Need Food and Health Support

Vegetables, clean water, and even an ambulance are still badly needed in Marok Tua Village, of Singkep Island, an island in the Riau Archipelago.

Fishermen in Marok Tua Village receive a package of vegetable seeds from MRI Marok Tua. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LINGGA DISTRICT - Marok Tua is a village on Singkep Island, one of the islands of a cluster of islands in Lingga Regency, Riau Islands Province. As many as 70 percent of the 2,100 inhabitants are traditional fishermen

Vegetables are a food necessity that is hard to find in an area that is 96 percent of the ocean. The Aksi Cepat Tanggap through the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Lingga Regency also delivered 62 packages of vegetable seeds to be cultivated in Marok Tua Village. MRI Lingga's food volunteers also taught the locals how to cultivate vegetables, Sunday (12/27).

Adyn, Chairman of the MRI of Lingga Regency, said that vegetables were quite difficult to find on the island. He hoped that the efforts of ACT Riau Islands and MRI Lingga can help meet the people's needs for vegetables.

Apart from vegetables, said Adyn, clean water, and health services are also very difficult to obtain for residents of the Marok Tua island. "Just like vegetables, if they want to get clean water, they have to fetch clean water across the island and if they are sick people have to wait at most an hour for an ambulance to pick them up," he explained. Some patients even passed out waiting for the ambulance to pick them up.

Therefore, according to Adyn, there are still many opportunities for generous people to help residents in the Marok Tua Islands. "Hopefully ACT, MRI, and philanthropists in the Riau Islands, can collaborate to build a better life in the Marok Tua Islands," he hoped. []