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Floods, mud and some real heroism in Manila

September 29, 2009

It’s easy to become inured to tragedy half way around the world. A hundred of so dead people in a country you’re not sure you could find on an unlabelled map is just one of those things, perhaps?

It’s true that there is nothing you or I can do for the 140 people killed in the devastating Manila floods – including Muelmar Luz Magallanes, the brave 18-year-old who plunged into the flood waters to rescue his three younger siblings, went back for his parents, and then his neighbours. Finally he rescued a six-month-old baby and her mother caught in the churning waters. His heroic efforts exhausted him and he was swept away to his death.

We can be inspired by his bravery and self-sacrifice though. We can click on a link to Oxfam and donate a small (or large) amount of money to help the thousands of people forced from their homes by the floods. You can help to prevent a public health disaster.

Still not sure? Imagine your home covered in mud from deadly landslides, cut off from water, food and power. Wouldn’t you want someone to help you?

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