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Under the overpass at Chamelecón, a family feeds people who lost their houses in hurricane Eta. They arrive to cook breakfast each morning for all those living in the makeshift shelters.

Oscar Romero, a Central American from neighbouring El Salvador, who has been canonised a saint by the Roman Catholic Church made this Advent reflection years ago:

Advent should admonish us to discover
in each brother or sister that we greet,
in each friend whose hand we shake,
in each beggar who asks for bread,
in each worker who wants to use the right to join a union,
in each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves,
the face of Christ.
Then it would not be possible to rob them,
to cheat them,
to deny them their rights.
They are Christ,
and whatever is done to them
Christ will take as done to himself.
This is what Advent is:
Christ living among us.

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The two hurricanes tore through the region within two November weeks, leaving thousands of families homeless and forcing them to live on roadsides or under bridges. Water caused most of the damage weeks of downpour unleashing millions of tons of water that caused devastating floods, destroying housing and infrastructure, standing crops and people's livelihoods.

A family in La Planeta tries to salvage a bed, but after some three weeks under floodwater most soft furnishings were beyond repair.

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As the flood water subsides in La Planeta, a single word is painted on a door: "Dios" or God.

Honduras has a large and vibrant faith community which has actively responded to the disaster, providing shelter, food and clothing and looking after other needs.

Member organisations of the ACT Alliance are responding through an appeal.

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Bishop Lloyd Allen of the Episcopal Church of Honduras in La Lima walks through streets as the flood waters subside. The Episcopal Church opened its schools to give shelter to people, and continues to provide food, clothing, bedding and hygiene items to people who need them.

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As Christmas approaches, Maria Martinez sits with her son Isaac under a bridge in Chamelecón, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Maria Martinez is one of thousands who saw all they had struggled to achieve for years washed away in the double hurricanes of Eta and Iota in November. For Maria and many others there is nowhere to go at Christmas.

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Antonio Pérez sits with his brother where their house used to be in El Calan, Honduras.

Increased frequency of extreme climate events like hurricanes are the result of climate change, and humanity has been told to expect this to get worse.

Faith groups and scientists worldwide continue to call for fast action on climate change.

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Angie Rodriguez, Colonia San Juan, Chamelecón, begins cleaning out her house after the double hurricanes.

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On their way to pick up anything salvageable from their house in Chamelecón, two people push a cargo tricycle through mud. Flood-triggered humidity has unleashed a plague of midges and mosquitos. In addition, there is no sanitation, food is scarce, likely to last for months for most of those made homeless by the hurricanes.

WCC Christmas message 2020