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This post was written by Lan Mercado, Oxfam’s Deputy Regional Director in Asia. She served as Oxfam’s Country Director in the Philippines from 2001-2009. It was written with contributions from Shaheen Chugtai, Deputy Head of Oxfam’s Humanitarian and Security Issues Team, and research from Paht Tan-Attanawin, Oxfam Project Officer.
Il y a à peine trois ans, en 2010, le séisme d’Haïti, suivi par de terribles inondations au Pakistan, provoquait une onde de choc dans le monde entier. Les États comme le public ont alors donné corps à un immense élan de générosité. L’aide humanitaire internationale est montée en flèche pour atteindre 20,2 milliards de dollars, afin d’au moins tenter de faire face à « l’année des deux méga-catastrophes ».
By Cherian Matthews, Regional Director of Oxfam in Asia
I have just returned from the typhoon-ravaged areas of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island in Cebu province of the Philippines. When I went there, I had moving images of the destruction on my mind – the helpless faces of women, children and families that were being flashed on T.V channels. But I have come back inspired and moved by the resilience of affected communities, local government agencies and volunteers. In the areas I visited, people are bouncing back from the tragedy inflicted by Typhoon Hayian.
When our rapid assessment teams came back from Leyte and Eastern Samar, they came from a total information blackout into a storm of angry and combative debate on the efficiency of government response to supertyphoon Haiyan victims. A couple of my colleagues marveled at how negative the atmosphere was and admittedly, the debate has gotten pretty exhausting and polarizing. Everywhere I go, whether it’s a dinner, a team meeting, an email exchange or social media, the conversations run along the same questions. Why is government response so slow?
À l’ouverture de la conférence des Nations unies sur le changement climatique, hier à Varsovie, les représentants et représentantes des pays du monde entier se sont pressés dans la salle de conférence pour entendre le principal négociateur philippin, Yeb Sano, témoigner de la « désolation inimaginable et sans précédent laissée par le typhon Haiyan, le plus puissant de l’histoire ».
Oxfam's early assessment team has sent through this report from Cebu island, Philippines.
Meet the Mondejar sisters: Nelia, Sarah Jane and Rizza Mae. They are aged 10, 8 and 5 respectively. Next to them is their friend, Jennylyn Pepito, 6 years old. They are all housed in one of the classrooms of Daanbantayan National High School, which currently serves an evacuation center for 160 families on Cebu island.