Local Woman Terrified For Her Family in the Philippines

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Mon, November 11 2013 at 6:24 PM, Updated: Mon, November 11 2013 at 10:18 PM

A horrific situation.

A small supply boat overwhelmed by hungry people.

"One private boat, it did not even reach to it's final destination, it has the relief goods, not a lot, it cannot feed the whole city, but teenagers started swimming, started swimming from the shore just to be the first to get to the food for their family. It's very hard, it's heartbreaking."

Marycon Amiths Udet talks of what is happening right now in the city where she's from.

"My brothers house is gone, destroyed."

She is from Ormoc one of the hardest hit regions that relief workers cannot access.

Marycon got word four days later from her cousin that her brother and sister and their families are alive.

She says "my sister and my brother were so happy to see her with food, with two little baskets of food to feed the 8 people in the family, cause they are very hungry."

They are alive but not well.

"I just can't imagine how hard it is to be in that situation."

But all she can do being half way around the world is just wait and pray.

"It's just heartbreaking we cannot do anything from here."

But she gets some peace of mind knowing her family and her nation.

"Filipinos are hard working people, even for all the tragedies that we are facing we always try to stand up and start again."
Marycon says she is calling for all the people all over the world to help in anyway they can.

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