BANGKOK: Caritas Asia sends a message of “Love and Hope” to the distraught Filipinos.
In a statement released by Caritas Asia and sent to Fides Agency, the 23 Caritas of Asian countries conveyed “deep sorrow, grief and concern over the loss of lives, victims of Typhoon Haiyan”. The text of Caritas, signed by the President, the Japanese Bishop Mgr. Yama Isao Kikuchi, said:
“On behalf of the Caritas Confederation in Asia, we offer a message of love and hope, together with our prayers and our commitment for the reconstruction of lives shattered by the typhoon”. The text appeals to “the indomitable spirit that resides in the people of the Philippines, along with your deep faith in God”, hoping that “faith continues to be stronger than ever, to help you overcome this tragedy”. “May you find God and the courage to always remember that our strength emanates from Him”, says the text sent to Fides.
The President of Caritas Asia recollected the words of Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” while guaranteeing all doable efforts of shared aims from Caritas Asia, together with other members of the Confederation of Cartas International, for those affected by the typhoon: “the 23 Caritas of the Asian countries – he insists – will work closely with Caritas of the Philippines in bringing aid promptly to alleviate the suffering of the affected families, rebuild their lives, and bring back the bright future to the people”.
On the other hand extreme anxiety prompted lawlessness amid those trodden by Typhoon Haiyan; as survivors of one of the most violent storms ever to hit land thrashed about to find food, clean water and medicine. However, police were running to keep order across the unfortunate region devastated by 195 mph winds and gigantic storm gush amid reports of armed gangs looting in the streets. Residents had turned to ransacking houses because warehouses were empty, Tacloban city administrator Tecson John Lim told Reuters. Lim said,” 90 percent of Tacloban had been destroyed but only 20 percent of the city’s 220,000 residents had received help.”
Jennica Ekaya told that survivors were only looking for food, “We can survive without these houses … we’ll sleep anywhere. But we need food. Only food. No money, no places, no televisions, no cell phones, no technology. Food, we need food.”