Escaping the Aftermath

No Big Deal

Five-year-old Roland Joseph (RJ) escapes his family’s tent and chases his little brother Zai Jian – a melody of laughter trailing them through the makeshift neighbourhood of white tents.

As the boys run, their mother Aylene cups her hand around her chin, a worn out expression crossing her face. She’s waiting for Wednesday, a day that will free her from stress – even if just for a few hours.

Aylene sighs surveying her family’s new home – a field with overgrown grass, dotted by relief tents. Families moved here after the nearby secondary school restarted classes. The school, which served as an evacuation centre during Typhoon Haiyan, is where Aylene’s family of eight lived for nearly a month after the storm.

“The most important thing is the family is safe,” Aylene says quietly.

Aylene and her husband Joseph have six children in total, ranging from ages 14 to three.


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