By Laura Sheahen, Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a Caritas member)
Martin Rico had talked to his house before. A member of the indigenous Ibanag group in the Philippines, he considers a home sacred—and worth speaking to. On October 18, he told it goodbye.
“I am sorry I cannot save you,” he said to the house he built himself. He had tried to bind wire around its wooden poles as Typhoon Juan struck, but it was no use; the winds were too powerful. “I have to go now.”
“I let it blow away.” Continue reading