Today, we remember those who died in the typhoons

This All Souls Day, let’s remember the hundreds (or thousands already?) whose lives had been unnecessarily shortened because of poverty that has impeded their capacity to protect and safeguard themselves and their families from the effects of typhoons and disasters. We recall as well our incapacity to respond as we ought and/or to get them out of poverty in all urgency as we should. May we not further scandalize their deaths by going on with our lives as before, but may this loss instead spur us to recommit to our duties and promises of better and safer lives and communities for all Filipinos but especially those who continue to not know of and enjoy things that the rest of us often take for granted.

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