Typhoon survivors rally city: 'We shall overcome'
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest led dozens of displaced typhoon survivors on a march through this shattered city on Tuesday, seeking to boost its spirits.
The marchers sang "We shall overcome" as they toured parts of Tacloban, at one point skirting some unburied corpses in bags by the roadside.
The Rev. Robert Reyes, an activist priest known for running long distances across country to draw attention to social issues, said the marchers were living in a church and a sports stadium.
"This is not an ordinary march. We call it the walk to overcome," said Reyes. "This is part of what we call psycho-social therapy where you listen to the victims of the disaster but you also make them believe that they can actually heal themselves."
Typhoon Haiyan cut a path across eastern and central Philippines on Nov. 8, with some of fastest wind speeds on record. It killed or has left missing more than 5,000 people and displaced an estimated 4 million people. A major international relief mission is underway to help the survivors, many of whom will be dependent on aid for months to come.
The airport in Tacloban, which was almost entirely destroyed in the storm, has emerged as relief hub, with scores of aid flights arriving each day carrying food, water, medicine, generators and heavy lifting equipment. The pace has picked up markedly in recent days compared to the chaos in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
"It looks completely different to when I came in last week," said Valerie Amos, the United Nation's humanitarian chief. "I'm really delighted that so much progress has been made, so much more aid is going out, and the people are getting the vital supplies that they need."
These people are trying to heal themselves. They are not asking YOU for anything. Where do you think they could pick up a hammer and saw? Everything is wiped out! It's easy to say to start rebuilding if they are in your status. They are hungry, thirsty, homeless and probably lost family members. Could you really say that to yourself and your family if you were in that situation?
How sad that the first comment made is one of judgement!!!! It is only a week since whole cities were decimated. Many people are already rebuilding in places not as hard hit, but you do not understand a thing about exactly what this priest is saying. Filipinos are not people who give up......but give them time to refresh their bodies and souls.
Let's see how far the people in Illinois are in rebuilding in 7 days. God forgive your callousness
Most Emergency and Disaster Recovery Plans only look good on paper. When it comes to situation like this all things become haywire jumbled up...with food and medical supplies run dry and emotions run high! A lot of patience is needed in times of calamity of gigantic proportions like this...by both victims and volunteers giving and arranging aid
Overcome a typhoon?? A long time ago, I overcame a God that would do this sort of thing to "faithful" and then the "faithful's" leader rationalize to the "faithful" why it's OK for the God to do this. This is beyond reason.
If the Philippines wants to gain its confidence back, they must rise up and resist the American Empire for they have been responsible for the mess the world is facing and if they want to be saved, they must side with China to fight not for democracy but for God and his son, Jesus Christ to destroy imperialism. For Aguinaldo, for God and his son and for the nation, they must fight against American imperialism for peace.
Pick up a hammer and saw and start rebuilding , quit feeling sorry for yourselves. Your only other option is to start swimming east. The world is not going to keep feeding you while you march around crying and feeling sorry for yourselves and those that are gone. Salamat po
I wish all that survived are well, its weak but all I can offer.
prayers to all the people in the Philippines! God bless you
A little late for that, isn't it?
Sure they did..did they all meet at the Lincoln memorial also?....everyday alleged news turns into blog
Oh yes, over come ,,, With about $75,000,000 from US taxpayers !
NIGGUH STOLE MY SAMMICH
Yeah we have a disaster here in the states called Obubba we're having to deal with.
'We shall overcome?' For what?
Put up with his! Philippine President's leadership of corruption and incompetence