Every year, whenever the weather turns bad, the island of Gavdos is cut off from the rest of the world and suffers from a lack of food as well as fuel. According to Stratis Lambakis, Gavdos mayor, as soon as the weather gets bad no ship can reach the island for days. The result is that fuel supplies cannot be renewed, and fuel is essential to run the island’s electric generator. Last week, the island only barely escaped plunging into darkness when a Chinook helicopter was sent, at the last minute, to deliver the amount of fuel necessary to cover basic needs. Anna Stilianaki, a nursery school teacher currently spending the winter on Gavdos, says that the island’s entire road network, which was rudimentary to begin with, has been destroyed and access to the small villages is almost impossible.