Packed with Western backpackers and tourists as well as local Balinese, Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club were targeted by terror bombers. Massive explosions tore apart buildings and started huge fires. The scale of the human carnage was appalling. Bodies and bit of bodies were strewn over a large area, the stench of death heavy in the air. The emergency services became very quickly overwhelmed but Bali’s Sanglar hospital provided excellent medical assistance while all the time operating under extremely difficult and distressing conditions. 'It was a horrible sight,' BBC Online 'In depth: Bali terror attack,' BBC Online
Specially trained volunteers and staff from Indonesian Red Cross were among the first to respond to the disaster. But no amount of training could have prepared them for the full extent of the horror. For 24-hours dozens of Red Cross volunteers worked to transport casualties as well as the dead to hospitals. Their task was grim. Although some bodies had been wrapped in blood stained sheets, others were not.
Within hours of the Bali bomb blasts Australian Red Cross dispatched a six-member disaster response team to the Indonesian island, including an orthopaedic surgeon and surgical ward nurse. They worked to assist Balinese doctors and nurses as well as provide comfort and support to the families of Australians whose loved ones were affected by the terror attacks.
Stretched to breaking point and with so many dead bodies and body parts to identify, Sanglar Hospital Morgue struggled to cope. The Australian Defence Force quickly flew refrigerated containers to Bali from Darwin so that the remains of the deceased could be stored without perishing. But before they arrived volunteers and staff from Indonesian Red Cross such as Ayra Utama, pictured above, played a vital role keeping the bodies cool. Forming a human chain they passed buckets of ice from person to person to place on the dead bodies. It was an act of tender human kindness at a time of intense anguish and emotion that moved many who witnessed it to tears. 'Bali receives ambulances from Australian Red Cross,' by Ian Woolverton, International Red Cross