‘The immense devastation on Leyte island is difficult to comprehend,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Marie Vincent. ‘At first glance when you scratch the surface you soon learn that the typhoon also destroyed people’s livelihoods and has left the survivors with traumatic psychological scars. There are children who cannot make eye contact, individuals who are struggling to find the motivation to move on and an underlying anxiety that it will happen again. The economical and human recovery will take years rather than months.’
It may be nearly three months since Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines but the people have far from forgotten. Aid agencies like ShelterBox are still finding pockets of previously unrecognised need to address and continue to bring shelter and vital aid to communities who have been left with nothing.
‘As the scale of the disaster area is so vast, we’ve been working in partnership…
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