Oil spill victims

Sancho Trogo has skin ulcers related to an oil spill. He also suffered a stroke and lay on a piece of bamboo for two months praying for help. Now in hospital.

The photos really don’t capture the infected state of Sancho’s skin. His skin was submerged in the water polluted by 900,000 litres of bunker fuel and oil after Powerbarge 103 ran aground during the height of Typhoon Yolanda. He was trying to recover his fishing boat and equipment.

There is also a photograph of Marley, a lady who had suffered severe ulcers in earlier months after being exposed to contaminated sea water.

The video below shows Sancho’s relatives carrying him down the hill as we transported him to hospital.

Written by Melinda J. Irvine

Melinda J. Irvine is a freelance writer, poet, and blogger — writing slick sales copy for clients from all over the world. And blogging poetry. In her spare time, Mel is busy building (and writing) a free online learning centre for the marginalised kids of Estancia, Philippines.

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