Last time I came to the Philippines it was to bring massive assistance from Europe to help people here survive the impact of the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to have made landfall. This super-typhoon, known as Haiyan in the world and as Yolanda in the Philippines, killed more than six thousand and severely affected the lives of eleven million people.
Back then I travelled by helicopter to Tacloban, the place of most dramatic destruction. I could see the difference between the areas the typhoon spared and those hit by its unbelievable strength — Paradise on one side, Hell on the other. And then we landed, right next to ruins of what used to be someone’s home. A car took us to Tacloban’s centre, crawling between piles of debris and lines of body bags, the most terrible evidence of what had taken place. Read the full entry