Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pictures from the Storm


Helpless. Helpless. The mother had been crying all night even as the storm was wailing. Her 36-year-old son was pinned down by a mango tree in San Fabian, Pangasinan Saturday night. Sunday morning and still her son was there. How can her neighbors not feel anything enough not to ease that pain. The neighbors wouldn't touch him, talking about their own problems.
I told this to a friend later over a cup of coffee, this is not how we Filipinos act. Let's say there was no hope: his spine was broken; but we don't leave our dead there. He said something about the "culture of poverty," of thinking only of our own puny needs in this time indeed of need. Thinking it was not us who was pinned down.
It was a tiring day. I had no energy left to argue. The storm took something we thought we can keep even if our houses were destroyed and our clothes ripped away. We thought we had each other.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ayna apu metten, jay natinagan iti kayu!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anya araramiden dagiti nakatakder ngayen ....

4:06 PM  
Blogger frank said...

ket di usi.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The neighbors wouldn't touch him...


well, they could have joined together to get the tree of him!
without touching him!

3:29 AM  
Blogger Jez said...

We were stuck at Rosario for a night.

8:16 AM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

16 hours! That's how long some of the people were stranded in Rosario. A friend even had his baby in the car and there was no food.

8:56 AM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

16 hours! That's how long some of the people were stranded in Rosario. A friend even had his baby in the car and there was no food.

8:56 AM  

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