[2013]Relief by Immersion in Bantigue Island, Iloilo: Tales from an Australian Volunteer Part 3

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After the relief of the previous night and having thought we were finished, I was surprised to hear that we were doing another relief trip – this time going to Gigantes Island, or more specifically, Bantigue Island which is in the same area. It’s a tiny island of about 15 families all hit hard by Yolanda. What I was told is that the major relief organisations simply don’t reach areas as remote as this, similar to te mountains of Capiz where we were previouisly. To put it in perspective how small some of these islands are, another friend of mine told me that during Yolanda, some of them went underwater.

I was actually looking forward to the trip as I’d seen previously how beautiful the Gigantes were. I made sure to confirm though that we’d be staying on sand, and there would be no mud. Check. Excellent. We said goodbyes…

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