Philippines native prays for home country

By: Jenn Hatcher

The video coming out of the Philippines is tough for one local woman, she has family there.

“I lived around here,” Marylou Eden explains where she grew up compared to where Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The Lincoln woman was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the US in the 1970's.

She says seeing the havoc wreaked on her home country, last Friday, is devastating.

“It's really hard and I tell myself, how can I help them.  How can I help?  I don't know,” says Eden.

Eden has family living all over the country and communication is limited.

The native checks the Internet every night for typhoon updates.

Fortunately, the area where Marylou grew up was spared the damage.

But Haiyan is thought to be one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.

Entire cities, towns and villages were ravaged.

Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Relief workers are slowly making their way to the Philippines.

A full recovery from a fatal storm seems far in the future.

“Hoping they can come back strong, everything will be okay.  They can go back to a normal life,” prays Eden.