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The Challenge

While disasters such as typhoons and tsunami devastation fuel the outpouring of public giving for relief work and the fervor for support refused to wane, the question as to why these situations occurred and continuously occur remains.

The challenge is for us to go beyond monitoring.

We must view disaster as just another layer of misery that weighs heavily on the poor long burdened by poverty and social injustice. Heavy though these burdens are, the people refused to bend their knees in defeat. They continue to bear their burden, to struggle and to live on with dignity.

It is in this figurative context that we must understand and relate disaster in terms of people's burden. We give the people temporarily relief in times of disaster. It is a humanitarian act. But we work and persevere with the people for long lasting relief from poverty and social injustice in our lifetime. And it is a liberating act.

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