Could you survive if everything you had would be gone forever? When there is no turning back, would you be able to live?
Guilt struck me knowing I had so much while others were barely getting by. No one was to blame, but I felt compelled to look for ways to make it even.
I was not emotional when we visited the Haiyan survivors seven months after the disaster. Don’t get me wrong, I usually wear my heart on my sleeve. But when we went back to Tacloban, it wasn’t how I imagine it. The survivors weren’t desperate to move out or crying for help. Thanks to all the countries, organizations, and individuals who responded to the tragedy, people aren’t as desperate as we all thought they would be.
When I was there, people were trying their best to live as normal as possible as best as they could. Interesting enough, they had a singing contest that night we arrived. They even invited us to make a guest appearance. Who wouldn’t want to add to their joy? Of course, we obliged.
I was not emotional because instead my thoughts were on how we could avoid this from ever happening again? Can we prevent it from coming back? What can we do to prepare ourselves in order for it not to unleash as much damage? Or maybe, no damage at all.
I couldn’t sleep that night. Not because I sang in front of so many survivors, but because all these thoughts and questions kept my brain worked up.
Seven months after the disaster, there are areas that have recovered, are currently recovering and even areas that haven’t even started the recovery process yet. The disaster was like a thief in the night, one swift blow that lasted only a few hours, but will take years to fully recover from.
It’s a sad event, but take heart, the survivors are determined to live their lives once again. They just need a small push from the outside to make it happen.
*To donate, you can contact the Local Government Unit of Alang-alang, Leyte. You can communicate to Lovell Yu (09081674520). Until now, they still do not have internet. Please take note that ZeroThreeTwo is not associated with the charity mission. We are just sharing their story.