What does it take to survive a disaster? What does it take to thrive and build back better?
Matthew Paul Turner is with the World Vision bloggers in the Philippines this week. He describes how the people of Tacloban are no longer defined by the monster of Typhoon Haiyan.
The Filipino people are survivors.
That’s what they want you to remember: that they are surviving the hell that Typhoon Haiyan brought to their shores one year ago.
Haiyan’s fury—most specifically, its unprecedented storm surge—killed more than 6,400 people, displaced 4.1 million, and damaged or destroyed more than 11 million homes. One humanitarian worker described Haiyan’s aftermath “to look like a bomb had gone off.”