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As I watched the news last night about the suffering and devastation in the Philippines my heart literally broke as I watched a tearful woman explain that God had saved them and gave them a second chance to live, but begged God not to let her family ‘die like this’ without food, water or shelter. In this age of technology it’s shameful that we can’t provide basics such as food and water in disasters. We watched this in Katrina, we watched this in Haiti, and now we watch it here. We watch and feel helpless, as we offer our prayers for them.
There are reports surfacing that officials in the Philippines are denying aid to areas that didn’t vote for them. And if that wasn’t bad enough there’s this an excerpt from Daily Mail:
The decision not to deploy the 14,000-tonne Peace Ark, one of the newest and biggest hospital ships in the world, is one that contrasts with a recent charm offensive across Southeast Asia by China as it seeks to bolster ties and ease tension over the disputed South China Sea.
Even China’s usually hawkish Global Times, a tabloid owned by the People’s Daily state mouthpiece, on Friday called for the Ark to sail to the Philippines, where an international naval flotilla, headed by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group, is delivering food, water and medicine.
Initially, China pledged $100,000 in aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan roared across central islands a week ago, and a further $100,000 through the Chinese Red Cross – figures dwarfed by multi-million dollar donations from countries and corporations around the world.
Even Swedish furniture chain Ikea and beverage giant Coca-Cola have done more than the world’s second-largest economy for the Philippines.Philippines officials accused of prioritising Typhoon Haiyan aid in areas that voted for them | Mail Online
Other reports say the same thing about China’s hospital ship. This is from the Huff Post:
HONG KONG, Nov 15 (Reuters) – While the navies of the United States and its allies rushed to the aid of the typhoon-hit Philippines, a state-of-the-art Chinese hospital ship has stayed at home and in doing so has become a symbol of China’s tepid response to the crisis.
The fact that this has been turned into a political fight sickens me. Pray for the people of the Philippines.
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
- Typhoon Haiyan: RAF arrives in Philippines carrying aid (telegraph.co.uk)
- Patchy aid reaches typhoon survivors as Philippines struggles to rebuild (reuters.com)
- Scant relief: China has pledged only £125,000 to help the Philippines recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan (independent.co.uk)