June 2011

 

 

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Press Release
Here is an excerpt from a news release
that includes information about "Bigfoot" Silva's
support of Combat Athletes for Nova Friburgo
February 4, 2011


..... When Silva enters the cage to open the eight-man tournament against “The Last Emperor,” he’ll wear “Combat Athletes for Nova Friburgo” on his trunks. The nonprofit (www.combatathletecharities.com), formed by Joe Mullings (The Armory) and Dan Lambert (American Top Team), is raising money to support the relief effort in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, where mudslides have killed hundreds and left thousands homeless and without jobs. Nova Friburgo is Alex Davis’ hometown.
“When I walk through Friburgo now it is more like a war zone than the upper middle class city it was less than a month ago. The stench of death is everywhere, most everyone wears masks, and bodies are still being found. The exact number of dead will never be known, since people are buried under layers of mud or were carried miles from where they lived.

We’re now coming to grips with the economic impact of the disaster, with people living in shelters, businesses ruined, and large areas of commercial real estate in risk zones, useless for the foreseeable future. Recovery will be slow and painful, but we’re committed to helping those who need it most.”
An update from Alex Davis:
January 30, 2011
 
This was simply the worse disaster in Brazilian history. Had to happen to my home town didnt it? There are landlides where ever you look! There is a creek on the road to Teresopolis, which always was like maybe 10 ft across, when the flood hit, it turned into a 40 yd wide rapid! As the landslides came down, bringing whatever was on the hill sides with them, houses, buildings, businesses and forests, it would all ended up in this big fast moving river of water, mud and debris. The little creek runs along the road for 15 miles, and as you go up the road, you really get to realize the power that was unleahsed here... This will be the grave of many people...
 
An update from Alex Davis:
January 20, 2011
 
"Emergencies and acute crises have been resolved one way or the other, but now the city has to come to terms with the destruction, the filth, the odor and the complete slump in economic activity. As always, the poor are the ones who suffer most, although everyone is suffering. Children will be in many cases living in just horrible conditions. Immediate food and primary necessities have got to get to the isolated communities and shelters, but it will not be enough. These people have nowhere to go and many no longer have jobs since many businesses were wiped out.
 
The relief effort must continue!!! What was once a beautiful and thriving town is now a hell hole, and will take much effort and resources to rebuild.  It will take a long time to come back."

A Message From Alex Davis

January 17, 2011 7:43:59 AM EST

 Last Tuesday evening, the storm started rolling in. I usually enjoy watching storms, but as the hours passed, I could tell that this was different, that this was a “cabeca dagua” or cloudburst, which I have seen one time before and know the destructive power that can be unleashed by it.

 As time passed, from my house here on the farm, I could see the lightning and hear the thunder. Although hardly a drop of rain fell here, I knew that right across the mountain, somewhere was catching it. I tried to sleep, but sleep was impossible as I could sense the storm raging. At approximately 5:00 am in the morning, my son Johann, who lives in the center of Nova Friburgo, called to tell me a landslide had fallen on his street and that he had joined a dear friend of ours, Sgt. Marcos Verly, trying to dig out people that had been buried alive. Barely 40 minutes later he called me crying, telling me that a second landslide had fallen, that he had managed to get out in time, but that Sgt. Very and 3 other firemen had been buried, along with his cousins and other people who were helping also. A few minutes later my daughter, Michelle called in a panic, saying that she could see multiple landslides from her house, and that she was afraid that her house might come down also. At this point, phone communication ceased, leaving me blind and overcome with worry. I knew that using a car would be impossible, so I borrowed a motorcycle and went into town to look for my family. The scene of destruction that I encountered is beyond description. It was mudslide after mudslide, the river that runs through Nova Frinburgo had risen more then 7 or 8 meters above its normal level, leaving a complete mess of mud and debris. Luckily, I found all my kids safe, although they live right in the center of things. My son Johann was in a state of shock, having seen friends buried alive right in front of his eyes.

At this point, I need to tell a dramatic story about my son helping in the rescue effort. Among the people buried were a family of four, Husband, wife, 11 month old son, and grandmother. Marcos Verly and Johann knew they were alive, and were trying to get to them along with the other firemen, when the second landslide fell, and then still a 3rd mudslide even bigger, engulfed everything.  Big machinery was brought to begin digging out the family and also the rescuers. As they dug, they started hearing calls from under the mud and debris. It was the father who had managed to dig under the debris to his 11 month old son, he held him against his chest, and both were miraculously alive, although the mother and grandmother were dead right beside him. As the hours passed, that father gathered saliva in his mouth and fed it to the baby. Later the rescuers managed to get a tube into to the debris and gave water to the father, who would fill his mouth and give it the baby. His description of how he did this and how the baby would grab his face and fit its mouth on his in desperation for water makes me weep! Finally, 16 hours after they had been buried, they were dug out alive. I happened to be there when the baby was freed from the mud as I was bringing water to the rescuers as they worked tirelessly with the slim hope of finding people alive. 

The next day, I gathered all the equipment I had, and went and volunteered myself to the fire department, to help in anyway possible in the attempt to find more people. The scene was completely chaotic, the Fire Department was overwhelmed with a disasters of gigantic proportions, and to make things worse, no cell phone or land line communication were available whatsoever.  There I began a journey of 6 days of non stop missions to help the people of Nova Friburgo. The stories of entire families buried alive are so frequent that this has become the norm! Thousands of people trying to dig out their loved ones, and in doing so, failing to realize that they were putting themselves into still more danger, as the 300mm (nearly 10 feet!) of rain had left all the terrain extremely unstable.

 Whole communities are isolated, as bridges were wiped out, and hundreds of landslides blocked all the roads. After the initial loss of life to the mudslides and flooding, this is the largest crises still to be faced, and is still at this very moment a crises of huge proportions. There are pockets of communities all over the region, most very poor even in normal times, and now without clean water, electricity, food and even the most basic necessities. The effort is now to bring aid to these people, I spent days using my dirt bike to reach these small communities assess their needs, bring the information back to the Professional Rescuers effort, and try to get help to them. Since it is impossible to get food and water in by road, more then 30 helicopters are working day and night to get the food to the isolated communities, but even so, still many people are in precarious situations.

 Besides this, many people of all walks of life have been economically wiped out, whole businesses have disappeared under the mud. This will bring even more stress as time passes due to the loss of jobs and economic activity. We will now face the second phase of the disaster, as the hundreds if not thousands of people buried will start putrefying, although they are too deep to be reached, the gases and fluids will seep through brining illness and stench.

The population has been heroic in dealing with what is the largest natural disaster in Brazilian history, normal people in the streets guiding traffic, people forming human chains to unload donations, volunteers backpacking water and milk to the isolated communities, everyone coming together in a huge effort to help there brothers. There has come one positive out of this catastrophe, Brazil has been blessed by not having large disasters like this one throughout our history, watching other catastrophes through the news. Now that one has hit our doorstep, the population has risen to the challenge, in a completely unselfish, heroic way, organizing themselves out of nothing to deal with the daunting challenges that now face this region.

Please, keep up the prayers, the help and the thoughts, although this will all be out of the media, many good people will still be suffering for a long time.

 As you know, myself and my friends have started a charity that will go directly to these people. No middle organizations will be involved. Please help if you can.

Sincerely,

Alex Davis