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Dear kind soul,
On November 8, 2013, my life was forever changed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through my town of Tacloban, destroying my home and killing some of my family.
Three of Marvin Isanan's daughters -- ages 8, 13 and 15 -- were among those torn away. Isanan and his wife later found the bodies of the two younger girls."Only the eldest one is missing," Isanan said through tears. "I hope she's alive."
(Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/12/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-tic-toc/)
I mask my face with my soiled t-shirt, but the stench of rotting dead bodies still seep into my nose. Thousand dead. Most are children.
Authorities say in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, alone, 10,000 could be dead and 'two out of five bodies' are children. Mortuaries set up in remaining buildings like churches are overrun with bodies.
(Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2501471/Philippines-Typhoon-Haiyan-Bodies-piled-streets-makeshift-mortuaries-overrun.html)
There is nothing to eat. Nothing to drink. As a father, my job is to take care of my children, to provide for them. But how can I? There are no resources.
"The looting is not criminality. It is self-preservation," Lim told Reuters.
Some survivors in Tacloban dug up water pipes in their desperate need for water.
"We don't know if it's safe. We need to boil it. But at least we have something," said Christopher Dorano, 38.
(Retrieved from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/13/uk-philippines-typhoon-idUKBRE9A701120131113)
I'm crying as I walk through the rubble that we used to call home. We used to sleep there. Eat there. That's where we raised our family. Now, it's gone. All of it. We have no home. We have nothing.There's only a devastated wasteland that remains.
A second round of deaths may be imminent, given limited food and water, along with pools of standing, possibly polluted water amid a breakdown in ordinary sanitation. Relief agencies are worried about outbreaks of disease and infections in the storm's wake.
(Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/11/health/typhoon-medical-crisis/)
All I can do now is pray. Pray and wait for my prayers to be answered.
I ask you, kind soul, to pledge whatever you can to help me and those people affected by this terrible disaster. Every little bit helps. Every little bit counts.
A man who represents many men trying to take care of his family and survive.
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