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Tribute to late Fr. Hüssler

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With heavy Heart but with Gratitute to God for Life well-spent, we announce to you the passing away of our dear Friend, Monsignor Dr. Huessler. He died on Sunday the 14th of April, 2013 at the age of 91.

Dr. Georg Huessler was the former Secretary-General and President of Caritas International.

He co-ordinated the Caritas International Relief Operation that saved millions of Lives of the hungry and starving Children, Women and Men of Biafra during the Nigeria-Biafran War of 1967 – 1970. Biafran War was the worst human catastrophe since after the second World War.

Dr. Huessler mobilized the German civilian population and other Relief Agencies who donated massively to the Biafran Relief Action. They delivered relief Materials like Clothes, Cornmeal, milk powder, Sugar, Rice, stockfish and Medicine which kept thousands of suffering and starving Biafran women and children alive. Some Sick and Starving Biafran Children were also airlifted to Ivory Coast, Sao Tome and Gabon treated, fed, cared for and returned after the war. It was one of the greatest relief assistance ever launched by Caritas and other Relief Agencies.

Father Georg Hüssler was born on July 7, 1921 in Einöd , Saarland, Germany and grew up in Elsass, France. He was a medical student when World War II broke out; he enlisted into the German army and worked as a Sanitary Inspector. When the war ended, he proceeded to Rome where he studieBiafra - Cartitas feeding center(1968-1970)d Theology and was ordained priest in 1951. After his doctoral studies, he became an Assistant to the then President of German Caritas with Headquarters in Freiburg. He rose through the ranks to become the Secretary-General and later the President of Caritas International, a post he held for 22 years from 1969 to 1991. Dr. Hüssler was decorated with three Honours by the three tiers of government in Germany, namely; the local government of the City of Freiburg , the State government of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Hüssler was interested in both aspects of the Catholic Social Teaching. On the practical side, he distinguished himself in the excellent way he managed the affairs of Caritas in the whole World bringing relief and succor to millions of people ravaged by war and natural disasters. On the theoretical level, he authored five insightful books among which are Caritas and Pastoral Work (1985), Life in the 20th Century (1998) and Humanity as Spirituality (2006).

Dr. Huessler showed Courage, Solidarity and Charity and through his work in Biafra gave life and hope to our innocent people. The History of Biafra cannot be complete without mentioning Dr. Huessler, Caritas and other Relief Agencies. Words cannot fully express our gratitude to Dr. Huessler. We pray the Almighty God to grant his Soul an eternal Rest. 

Caritas Deutschland - Youtube (Joe überlebte den Biafra-Krieg dank der Caritas-Luftbrücke & Monsignor Georg Hüssler on Caritas Internationalis)

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  • Comment Link Friday, 26 April 2013 22:20 posted by Thaddeus Ikenna Ezeh

    God grant your soul Eternal rest.As you rest in peace may you continue to pray for your children(Igbo sons and daughters) to have the peace they fought and keep fighting for.

  • Comment Link Friday, 26 April 2013 20:29 posted by C.V.Akuta

    May your gentle soul find peace with the Lord,the same way you provided comfort to Biafrans.Certainly the history of Igbo will not be complete without you.Adieu.

  • Comment Link Friday, 26 April 2013 00:42 posted by Kingsley Phillips

    The lord will surely welcome you in paradise as a reward for your good deeds, both the dead and the living will bear witness of your kindness to those that some Nigerian have decided to ethnically cleanse them from the surface of the earth, your actions saved a nation that will one day stand to declare the goodness of lord in the land of the living, a nation and people that are presently going through another catastrophe as result of the boko haram insurgence, Brother Hussler we can not thank you enough, RIP.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 23:24 posted by Justus Chi-echezonam

    For the terribly several lives you saved in Biafra, you'll forever be remembered as a savior. We might not have greatly admired you however your unrelenting spirit crammed with associate degree unyielding determination to avoid wasting the burdened folks of Biafra was notable, for showing love and mercy in the hour of want and conserving our lives.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 21:00 posted by okeke

    you were there for our dying brothers , sisters and parents. we appreciate all your deeds and the Igbos and our history will never be complete without you. you are always in our heart sleep well.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:56 posted by Olisaeloka Peter Asika

    There are tears in my eyes as I type this. Not for Fr's passing, as that is the way we shall all go. But for the beautiful thing he did for my people. His humanity at that time grew from there to cover the world as similar works were, are done in areas of conflict and need. may the good Lord give you eternal rest and a place with the angels Sir!

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 16:02 posted by Obinn D. Ogbuagu, Esq.

    Love is a verb, a doing word. You simply Loved. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me." Eternal rest grant unto him O' Lord, and let Thy perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:23 posted by Ifeanyi Anadu

    Caritas was a huge pillar in Biafra's hunger survival. Caritas under Monsignor Hussler took that extra mile amidst the land air sea blockade by the aggressor. Caritas saved a lot of lives. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:13 posted by Arthur Obika, enugustatedirect.com/Inyi Town Forum facebook pages

    As a former soldier in that war, without his efforts and assistance, life would have been something else in Owerri secot, under S Division. May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:22 posted by Ikekpeazu Uchenna, H

    Dear Msgr. Huessler,
    You may be dead but your spirit lives on in us. We may not have known you but your unrelenting spirit filled with an uncompromised determination to save the oppressed people of Biafra was made known to us by our fathers. For showing them mercy in their hour of need and preserving our lives, may you obtain mercy and eternal rest from God the father. We will always remember.

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