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Claire Morley’s first foray into fiction writing came about through her time spent volunteering in the Philippines following the deadly typhoon, Yolanda. Inspired by this experiences and the people she met, she wanted to create awareness of the longer-lasting affects of a natural disaster and to encourage people to join the fight against human trafficking, through a fictional story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire wrote Tindog Tacloban after volunteering in the Philippines to help rebuild schools and feed children caught up in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, the fiercest typhoon on record to hit landfall. Following many interviews of survivors, volunteers and aid workers, she decided to use all the information to write a fictional book to try and raise awareness of some of the issues she encountered.
Claire is originally from the UK, but has lived in North Cyprus for the past 14 years, where she has worked as a journalist and wedding planning, She is now launching a new business to help writers epublish and market their books. www.myepublishbook.com.
Claire was interviewed on Cyprus television about the book and the video can be seen on Youtube, link below.
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In the aftermath of the fiercest typhoon on record to hit land, banners bearing the words Tindog Tacloban started to appear all over the city. Meaning Rise Up Tacloban, they were a testament to the determination and resilience of the Filipino people as they tried to rebuild their shattered lives.
For many, things would never be the same:
Izel Sombilon watched in horror as two of his children were ripped from his arms and swept away by the huge storm waves
Eleven year old Lika Faye was plunged into the sordid underworld of Webcam Child Sex Tourism.
For Helen Gable volunteering in the typhoon ravaged area was a chance for her to come to terms with her own personal tragedy.
Tindog Tacloban by Claire Morley is an exposé of how human trafficking has alarmingly expanded to young and vulnerable impoverished children in the midst of a natural disaster. The book does not only hit home the grim reality of child sex tourism in the Philippines but also of how endemic corruption is in government. Images came to mind again of the days when I waited in anguish to hear from my family, cut off from the world, as the strongest typhoon on record made its first landfall in my hometown. A wake up call for those who strongly feel of the exploitation of the underprivileged sector of a society. Don’t miss reading this thought provoking story.
Tindog Tacloban is a great story in its own right but deserves extra credit for handling two incredibly difficult subjects at the same time, and for doing so incredibly well. I'm a survivor of the 2004 tsunami and the opening chapters of this book, which describe the impacts of typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines), are accurate enough to be quite harrowing at times. However, the description is never gratuitous and it's necessary for the reader to understand the typhoons wrath to fully appreciate the context of the subsequent issues of exploitation. Well done for raising awareness about the issues.