“Yolanda Retold” Presents Tacloban, Four Years After The Storm
Amidst sluggish efforts at rehabilitating the city, its residents tell their own stories through these striking photos.
There are names etched into memory. For thousands of people, one of them is Yolanda. On November 8, 2013, the super typhoon made landfall in Samar and Leyte, leaving 6,000 people dead in its wake. To this today, survivors are still trying to cope with the storm’s aftermath amid the government’s sluggish rebuilding efforts.
Four years after the tragedy, some of these survivors are telling their stories—this time, through “Yolanda Retold,” an exhibit by the residents of Brgy. 69 in Anibong, Tacloban, featuring photos taken over the years of the city’s slow recovery.
The area was one of the hardest-hit during Yolanda’s onslaught, with at least eight ships blown ashore by the storm surge and slammed into this coastal community, killing at least 100 residents. Brgy. 69 was declared a danger zone, with residents banned from rebuilding because of the area’s exposure to environmental hazards during typhoons. They are left with few alternatives as the promise of housing from the government remains unfulfilled. Sanitation, women’s issues, and children’s rights remain concerns.
“Yolanda Retold” is organized by Postcards from Disasters, a multimedia human rights campaign started by young journalists and social media enthusiasts. The group has gone to Tacloban to talk about human rights with its residents, and teaching them basic photography and storytelling as a creative means of protest.
The event is also co-organized by TriNoma and the Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment. It is supported by the One Meralco Foundation.
Yolanda Retold will run from November 9 to 26, 2017 at the third floor of Trinoma Mall, Quezon City.