The Philipines – a natural disaster…

They don’t have much, and what they have is often taken away in a split second.

The typhoon that destroyed much of the Filipines shows us how vulnerable we are.  At the same time, it reminds us of the fact that we, rich westerners, are possibly creating problems – such as global warming – that become obvious in developing countries.

Without wanting to go into this topic right now, I want to share with you a few images I took in the Philipines whilst working on a reportage for a Belgian NGO.

My heart goes out to all Philipinos involved.

 

It's not hard to imagine what a typhoon will do to these houses ...
It’s not hard to imagine what a typhoon will do to these houses …

 

Clearing the rubble - something they have to do more often than not ...
Clearing the rubble – something they have to do more often than not …

 

They create our wealth.  They work hard on the field for our luxury. In this case harvesting organically grown bananas.
They create our wealth. They work hard on the field for our luxury. In this case harvesting organically grown bananas.

 

It's got beautiful countryside.
It’s got beautiful countryside.

 

Water. The source of all life. But too much water, combined with strong winds, will destroy everything.
Water. The source of all life. But too much water, combined with strong winds, will destroy everything.

 

Let's pray for the Philipines.
Let’s pray for the Philipines.

 

Mindanao

Op reportage voor Broederlijk Delen op de Filipijnen fotografeerde ik dit beeld …. less is more?

 

Mindanao, Filipijnen