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Violence Amidst Hunger

By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Tropical Storm Haiyan on October 5, 2007.

I was in a state of shock hearing the news from a taxi driver that Tacloban was devastated with lots of dead bodies in the streets because of super typhoon, Yolanda. I immediately called my contact in Cebu and she confirmed. The estimate casualties at that time was only 100 – and I thought that the count was too low for the reported violence happening there. One thing, we did not organize a personal visit mission because even people bringing relief goods are being attacked – until at this very time of writing. I did not know what to say when my sister called me inquiring where she will send her donations. Read this devastating story:


Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead in Philippines


Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.Neighbouring Samar island was also badly affected, with reports of 300 people dead and 2,000 missing.

I remember the science fiction stories that I heard from teenagers at home – that soon, the earth will be filled with zombies. The Tacloban tragedy proved to show that when people are hungry and desperate, these unbelievable stories can happen. May God bless the people of Leyte!


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