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Typhoon Juan hits poor hardest in Philippines

Blenda Balliones, 25, sits with her three daughters on the foundation of what was once her house. On October 18, Typhoon Juan (Megi) struck Isabela province in the Philippines. Credit Laura Sheahen/CRS

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

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