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Forgotten victims

With the attention and aid more focused on typhoon-ravaged Central Visayas, the victims of last year’s powerful earthquake in Bohol feel they have been forgotten.

“We feel forgotten here in Bohol,” Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

Medroso said several victims displaced by the magnitude-7.2 temblor last October 15 are still in need of help especially from the government.

Still, Medroso said, they need to stand up again by helping each other and through their strong faith.

“We are in the stage of rebuilding. Of course this is the spirit of the people here who were discouraged because of the earthquake,” he said. “The people are recovering very fast and their faith becomes stronger. That means that the earthquake is a means of evangelization for us, very strong,” added Medroso. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)