Typhoon Haiyan wrecked devastation in Philippines a week back. More than 10000 feared dead and the body count continues. Thousands have lost their home, stead and bread. Philippines wails.
The net, TV and media are ablaze with stories on location. As we watch, USAID and USAF aircraft offload relief material. Belated though, but much needed. On CNN a Filipino women says ‘it is worse than hell’ and breaks down crying. An elderly person is sobbing, unable to express his grief at the loss of loved ones. In yet another street, we see scores of bodies wrapped in available material, lined up on the street side waiting to be lifted to their burial ground. Some of these may get identified and the desolate surviving relative will get a chance to pay appropriate homage. Yet others will get buried nameless and unmarked. In a few days, for fear of disease and epidemics, the unclaimed bodies may even be burnt or buried away. No one can actually estimate the loss – physical and psychological. Sitting thousands of miles away, we watch helplessly as the trauma unfolds. In a few days, we also would have forgotten Philippines as our own life would take over our concerns. The survivors in Philippines on the other hand, will live with their pain and memories that will subside only in their graves.
At this moment of great tragedy, there are quite a few things that all of us, as citizens of this world, can do:
First, pray. May the Good Lord protect these people from further trauma and give them courage to accept their suffering with fortitude.And may the Lord give them abundant strength to build their life back again. Let their pain be their strength, let their tears be their solace in courage. Amen.
Second, if you are someone in your respective government who can mobilize relief material, please get involved. Love their neighbor.
Third, if you are a volunteer, this is your moment.
Fourth, if you can find the right agencies on the net, contribute whatever you can.
Philippines needs the world more than ever now. As the UN theme says “IT IS YOUR WORLD”. It is our world.
Thank you for reading. That is actually one prayer said for Philippines. God bless you.