Flying with DAC for the past 9 years, Capitain Anthony Mureti took the time to give us a glimpse into what his position within the organization entails, and what continues to motivate him everyday, facing the harsh environments DAC operates out of.
“Over the past 9 years with DAC Aviation, I’ve had the chance to travel, meet all kinds of different people, and develop my skills professionally in one of the worlds harshest and most difficult areas to fly in. Some of the most technically difficult flights I can recall are the ones involving the polio campaign in South Sudan. We had to fly vaccines for polio to extremely remote villages in South Sudan in a very short period of time.
As you can imagine, South Sudan doesn’t really have any airports. The strips we had to land on were short, rough and narrow. Thankfully, the mission was a total success due entirely to the skill and dedication of everyone involved. Knowing that thousands of children will not contract polio because of our ability to successfully reach these remote locations reminds us why we do this job.
On the flip side, the job is emotionally difficult because of the extended periods of time we spend away from family and friends. In addition, we operate in very difficult, challenging and diverse environments. From mountainous terrain and thunderstorms in the DRC, to extreme heat and haboobs(sand storms) in Sudan, the skills and capabilities of the entire flight crew is constantly challenged. Thanks to support from management and supportive family members, we keep going.
The Bunia evacuation was another reminder of what makes us get up in the morning to go work for DAC and face such a challenging environment, day in and day out. For this particular mission, we were required to evacuate all foreign NGO workers out of Bunia following riots that erupted in many major towns after rebels overrun the city of Goma.
Bunia was literally on fire. Simply getting them to the airport in the first place was difficult. Thanks to our ground staff, it was possible and the evacuation was a phenomenal success. The NGO staff that we evacuated were very appreciative and the smiles on their faces were reward enough for the challenges we had faced that day.