The tragedy in The Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda has a familiar ring to people in southeast Louisiana. And that's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

It's been more than eight years since Hurricane Katrina, but now every time disaster strikes, no matter how far away, it stirs painful memories here in south Louisiana.

That's certainly the case with the massive destruction wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. We who lived through Katrina know what helplessness, and hopelessness, feel like.

But we also know how it feels to have total strangers come to our aid. That's why it's so important for us to respond in any way we can to the cries for help from Filipino communities.

Locally, Capital One Bank is collecting donations for the New Orleans Filipino-American Lions Club Disaster Relief Fund. Nationally, the American Red Cross and other charities are raising funds to help the millions affected by Yolanda.

We know all too well that help cannot arrive soon enough, or stay long enough, when a catastrophe like this strikes.

The only thing comparable to a disaster this epic, is the human capacity for compassion. It's the one thing that brings hope in the face of so much loss.


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