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Typhoon Tembin: the humanitarian consequences for people of Mindanao in southern Philippines

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Christmas 2017 was a busy period for the humanitarian aid agencies working in the southern part of the Philippines. The rather weak tropical storm, referred to as the Typhoon Temblin brought an unusually high amount of rainfall. This in turn, cause massive destruction of communities. Flash floods and widespread mudslides devastated and in some cases wiped out entire villages and communities. Hundreds of people lost their lives and around half a million were affected in one or another way, with thousands and thousands losing their houses. The situation is even more complicated, given that the catastrophe took place in areas and vicinities of Marawi, where an active conflict and displacement due to the conflict still is ongoing. 

Here are some of the pictures from the assessment mission and rapid response mission from the place. 

As we celebrate Christmas, please consider supporting people who may have suffered. Donating to the Red Cross, or to Action Against Hunger: the organisations that do an amazing work to provide the most needed relief to the victims of this calamity!

Ancient Thailand in a nutshell

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Just at the outskirts of Bangkok, there is an amazing park, where one can admire replicas of the most important Thai architectural wonders. 

Here are some pictures from a day in this amazing park, referred to as ‘Ancient City’. Some of the pictures were taken by Tahir. 

In addition, you may find some information from the ‘Ancient City’ at this official link of the ethnographical museum

Spending time with Mum

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Sadly in November 2017, my Dad passed away. Clearly, this was a very sad and traumatic experience for the family. In order to honour Papa, and spend time together with Mom, we decided to go for a retreat to Karpacz in western Poland. We also made some side trips to towns in the Czech Republic and Germany. Here are some pictures from the trip

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