Aid Worker Diary: Coping in Tacloban

“Hey you, where are you from?” a young boy yells down to me from the balcony of his family’s apartment. He has a cheeky smile, and he raises his eyebrows in a mock challenge.

“Australia!” I yell back.

“Australia…,” he chews this over for a moment. “Huh… Australia. Philippines is more fun!”

Activity is returning to the streets of Tacloban City, one of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan. In the few days since I arrived here, the streets are noticeably busier. There are more cars and pedestrians moving about. Some businesses are even re-opening: small confectionary shops mainly, but a restaurant around the corner from our camp opened over the weekend.

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