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Sleepless Nights for Those in Search of Help and Giving Help

November 2013

Ever since the storm, Benson E. Misalucha finds it hard to sleep.

There is too much to do.

Along the coast of the Philippines the wreckage from the storm festers under the sun — villages flattened, trees pulverized to splinters, the smell of decay and rot rising with the heat. Misalucha knows that far away from the attention of the world, in little villages most people don’t know exist, water is scarce and people are hungry. That’s where he wants to go.

sleepless-nights-in © Ravell Call, Deseret News

Misalucha is the country director for Humanitarian Services for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or to put it more bluntly: disaster relief coordinator for a country that regularly sees typhoons, not to mention the occasional earthquake and volcano eruption. It’s a wonder Misalucha ever sleeps at all.

In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck landfall on Nov. 8, the attention of the LDS Church in the Philippines centered on the fate of 204 missionaries serving around Tacloban, a city of 236,000 that was hit hardest by the storm. But now, as the international recovery effort enters its second week, the attention of church leaders here has shifted fully to its members, continuing an effort that began as soon as the storm subsided to get them food, blankets, water and anything else they need to survive.

(Read more at Deseret News)

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