Aid to the victims of the floods in Colombia
In these last few months, Colombia was struck by a record winter, with constant rains and flooding that levelled several zones of the country... and a “state of emergency” was declared....
There was a race of solidarity among everyone, strongly promoted by all the mass media.
Here is what the Youth for a United World (Y4UW) from Colombia wrote:
“At the beginning, the tragedy in our nation was so widespread that we didn’t know where to begin, but we were sure of one thing: we wanted to respond with love to the suffering of many people around us. Therefore, we began from Soacha, a city on the outskirts of Bogotà where there is a lot of poverty and violence. Together with the adults, we Y4UW organized a campaign to collect food and clothing. In addition to this collection, we received 200 pairs of boots and a good sum of money (US$ 550) in food items that we immediately distributed to the families most in need.
“We also went to Bolombolo, a small development towards the southwest of Medellín, on the shore of the Cauca River. We met 330 families who had fled the high water and were living in very precarious conditions. Here we held a campaign to give a set of bedsheets and a blanket to each family. The generosity of our work colleagues, our families and friends, was really big. In a brief span of time, our homes were full of boxes of food, plates, silverware, blankets, clothes, shoes... and toys. The moments that we spent together to prepare the packages were wonderful, each an act of love for the person who was suffering and would receive it. A few days later, we left with a truck and two cars full of clothing and household goods to give to the families in need.
While a few of us played with the children, others spent time with the different adults, listening to their stories. We tried to make their pain our own; they were monitoring the water level of the river to see if it was safe to go back to their homes or not.
Today the situation has worsened because illnesses are spreading, the problems from living in the tent camps are more acute and there is little hope of rebuilding the village. In spite of all these difficulties, we want to keep on going, still collecting aid and, above all, we feel the push to stay close to them with our love.”