Things In the Philippines Remain Tragic

As you might expect, the news cycle is starting to move on from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the devastation in its wake, all of which shouldn’t detract from the fact that the people of the Philippines are staring down a massive, decade-long period of reconstruction, with no clear starting point. And things are getting worse. NBC News is reporting on newly formed gang wave, roaming the streets, taking food, shelter and supplies from abandoned shops and even other survivors. The destruction has left room for a lot of anarchy on the islands, but even officials are cautious about calling the gang activity crime, instead labeling it “self-preservation.” “We can survive without these houses … we’ll sleep anywhere. But we need food. Only food,” said survivor Jennica Ekaya. “No money, no places, no televisions, no cellphones, no technology. Food, we need food.”

There are a lot of means getting food to survivors, as Tumblr and even Facebook have launched simple tools to donate $10. If you’d like to give a little more, there are plenty of trustworthy places organizing efforts. Check out World Vision, the people at The American Red Cross, UNICEF or Doctors Without Boarders

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