I remember that it was around this time, a year ago when I started my blog that the Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban, Philippines leaving 8,000 people dead or missing and four million displaced and homeless. The disaster quickly brought on a grave humanitarian catastrophe as many needed food, shelter and immediate medical care.
Now, one year on, we remember the victims and our hearts and prayers go out to the orphans, widows and others badly affected by the floods who are still trying to rebuild their lives. Some lost everything.
It is sad that one year after, only 450 homes have been rebuilt and 15,000 people are still homeless despite the huge allocation of $1.15bn by the Philippines Government. Many still live in temporary shelters where food and water is often scarce.
One year on and so many are still feeling the pains of the typhoon like it was just yesterday. We cannot bring back the people they lost but we can at least help them rebuild their lives. The Government of Philippines should put aside politics and work together with willing aid agencies to ensure the proper rehabilitation of all the those affected.
Written by Olisa Lotenna