Bishop to survivors who fled E. Samar: Come back home

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Bishop Crispin Varquez visits the destroyed historic church of the Immaculate Conception in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

MANILA, Dec. 10, 2013— A Catholic bishop has appealed to typhoon victims who fled Eastern Samar to return, start a new life, and help rebuild their province. 

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez said that everyone should keep in mind that rebuilding uprooted communities would not be immediate, as it requires patience. 

“We really need to persevere in patience, endurance and sacrifice. Rising back to normalcy will not be achieved in an instant,” Varquez said.

The bishop said he respects the decision of those who left the province to avoid the devastation and depressing scenes super typhoon Yolanda left behind the province. 

According to him, he could not blame them due to the trauma, desperation, and poverty caused by the calamity. 

However, he still appealed on the survivors “to keep loving our homeland and to work together so that it may rise again. Who we are we owe a lot to where we are from”. 

“Needless to say, they could be more helpful to victims who are here with us rather than elsewhere… During this time of crisis and tragedy, let us not cease giving support to one another,” Varquez added. 

The church leader said he is also concerned with the condition, including the security that awaits the survivors from Eastern Samar who migrated to other regions. 

“You and I know only too well that they are not necessarily secure in their places of destination,” said Varquez. 

“In fact, many of our people end up in urban centers, where work is also scarce, and the only certainty is being lured into a life of crime or being further victimized by as yet rising urban criminality,” he said. 

Thousands of families fled the ravaged Eastern Visayas immediately after the typhoon because of hunger, security problem, and desperation. (CBCPNews)

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