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Now for Something Completely Different

Now for Something Completely Different

I want to say thank you to everyone who expressed concern for my friends and extended family back in the Philippines. While I moved back to the United States two years ago, I spent most of my formative years in “imperial” Manila.

While I’m relieved that everyone I know in the capital remains unscathed by typhoon Haiyan, thousands of people are dead and injured due to the biggest recorded typhoon in history.

I traveled to many remote areas during my years with non-profit organizations, but I never found myself in Tacloban, Leyte. The poor areas of the country, however, share a commonality: a lack of good roads and hospitals. Even when there’s not a major calamity, access to food, portable water, and healthcare can be a huge challenge.

Despite some firsthand experience, I cannot imagine the devastation of the entire Visayas region. Just two weeks before the typhoon hit, Bohol was the epicenter for a devastating earthquake that flattened many homes and historic landmarks. (The island of Bohol is next door to the island of Leyte.) Even without the typhoon, the area was already suffering.

Hand-wringing will do no good, though. For anyone who wishes to help, please consider donating cash to the Philippine Red Cross, either directly or through the American Red Cross.