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    Posted January 12, 2014 by
    Tacloban City, Philippines

    People are not trash

    When the powerful typhoon Haiyan aka "Yolanda" hit the province of Leyte, Philippines, thousands of people lost their lives. Up until I left on December 27, thousands of bodies being thrown and piled in an open pit like trash covered by garbage bags.These are human beings who maybe the father, mother, brother or sister of someone or my uncle and friends. People deserved to be treated with dignity and respect especially when they no longer have a voice to speak up. Why did the officials didn't order to take pictures while its recognizable and placed the pictures on the web and had a better mass graves?The official claims they can still identify the bodies. How? Yes, technology is here such as dental x-ray, but locals only go to the dentist for tooth extraction and even if theres a record its not stored in database. The DNA? who's going to pay for it? DNA costs a lot of money and Philippines do not have a centralized database center. Are the officials expect me to find my relatives by recognizing their femur or tibia? This is not the first time that the province of Leyte have to do a mass grave. Back in the early 1990's Ormoc City had a flash flood with so many casualties. Didnt the officials learn something from Ormoc tradegy?
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