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Saipan resident shares images, stories after Super Typhoon Yutu

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We've seen countless images of the destruction left by the monster storm in the CNMI. But one Saipan resident joined others who took to Facebook, posting pictures and sharing personal stories of the people left to pick up the pieces.    

Leni Leon is one of many Saipan residents shocked at the destruction left after Super Typhoon Yutu. The day after the storm, he started sharing posts on Facebook, putting faces to the disaster that hit close to home.

His friend Glen Hunter, business owner of The Shack Saipan, explained, saying, "They're survivors, there's a gentlemen Leni Leon that's taken the torch along with other people through the community, going out and giving relief items to people right off the bat from day one. But the same time capturing and sharing those stories, and it's trying, it's trying on his soul."

The photos picture young and old. Residents with scares who woke up in the middle of the night to find their roof collapsed, a man hugging his dog and this story of a family who lost everything, including their beloved sister. Leni sharing personal reflections, writing that the words of his neighbors brought him to tears.

 
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"This is all documented and shared so that way we can try assist in ensuring we get the most recovery support from the nation and the world," Glen said. Recovery that's happening in real time on social media.

Hunter demanding his government, and all participating in relief efforts, prioritize the most vulnerable faces suffering after the Super Typhoon. He said, "My demand is that they take all the relief that's being funneled in and all the money they have available and they start bringing it directly to the people in the villages right now, who are in dire need of water, in dire need of food - in dire need of tents, in dire need of mosquito coils, in dire need of solar powered lighting, or any type of lighting and that's the demand to my government."

It's a demand that also extends to us here in Guam to take action for those in need living in Saipan and Tinian. Hunter noted, "Share them, try to help get those stories out, whether they come from Leni, other groups, MyPros, trying to showcase the need, it's a massive need. I want to appeal to the world to open up their hearts and give."

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