Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban in the Philippines on the 8th of November 2013. Claire Morley was a volunteer in the aftermath and this book is inspired by her experiences there. Tindog Tachloban means Rise up Tachloban. These words appeared all over the city after the typhoon as the community worked together to recover.
The book provides two main stories; that of Izel and his family who were caught in the typhoon, and Helen’s experience as a volunteer in the aftermath. Helen’s story was an interesting one but I preferred to read about her time volunteering. Her life in the UK and the relationships she built in the Philippines faded into the background compared to the awful conditions she witnessed as a volunteer.
It is easy to get drawn into Izel’s life. The terror of being caught in the typhoon and fighting to keep family safe really hits home as you remember this is based on experience and interviews. The story becomes more compelling, and more horrific, as the world of human trafficking is explored. After losing everything to Yolanda, children are exploited by the most evil kind of people. The hope and determination shown by Izel and the community to rebuild their lives is admirable. I can’t begin to imagine having to start over after nature, and then criminals, have ripped apart your home and your family. Claire Morley has told a powerful and important story that will not be forgotten.
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I received a copy of this book from the author.