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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 Thursday, 25 April 2013 08:39 posted by UGWUEZENBUNWA

    GOD GRANT YOUR SOUL ETERNAL REST. AS YOU DID THIS FOR US GOD WILL SURELY TAKE CARE OF THOSE YOU LEFT BEHIND. WE PROMISE WE SHALL REALISE THE BIAFRAN DREAM. BIAFRA MUST STAND

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 01:14 posted by Inno. Nwawulu

    You are no more but your legacy, comittment and sacrifices still live and shall ever remain indelible in our minds. May our good Lord receive your soul to rest in perfect peace. Adieu

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:23 posted by Onyebuchi Norbert Agbodike

    "When I was hungry you gave me to eat.When I was thirsty you gave me to drink...........,now enter into the home of my father.............".His place is already assured in heaven.We thank the good Lord for the exceptional life of sacrifice of this wonderful servant of the Most High.I hope the Governors of the South-East States can muster the political will to immortalize this true friend of the Ibo race.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 18:04 posted by FRANCIS OJIAKOR

    I was hungry you gave me food - so said Our Lord Jesus Christ.May The whole heaven and all the Igbos in heaven welcome you.Thank you so very much for 'saving' us.One day,we will build a monument at the heart of Igboland to immortalize you dearest Fr Geog.REST IN PEACE

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:04 posted by Azubuike Obiekwe

    Rest in peace,Father.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:24 posted by Hector Onyeri

    The people of Biafra shall forever remember you. Rest in perfect peace Great friend.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:00 posted by Elder Igm Makolu

    Your place now is Heaven but your good deeds will remain evergreen in our memories and certainly will inspire millions yet unborn. Rest in Peace 'Onye oma ndi Biafra'

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 08:16 posted by DR EZEKIEL IZUOGU

    From all accounts of Father's activities during the Nigeria-Biafra war,Father Hussler was a very great man,for only great men can identify with the weak,poor and helpless.
    Father Hussler,like Mother Theresa,opted to condescend from his olympian height to feel the pain of poor,starved children dying in the Biafran held area during the unfortunate civil war.
    Father Hussler,by so doing,demonstrated the stuff that genuine Christians are made of.
    Those hundreds of thousands of children saved by Father's great compassion must now be in their fifties.As we celebrate Father's homecall to eternal glory,i call on the Igbo nation to set aside one day in the year to mark Father Hussler's birthday.During this birthday celebration,there should be worship services all over the Igbo nation,spearheaded by those men who would have died of Kwashiorkor has Father not stepped in with his compassionate and courageous intervention at a time it was not exactly fashionable or popular to be friends with the Igbo nation.Only by so doing can we show some little appreciation to this Angel who God raised to fend for the helpless. DR EZEKIEL IZUOGU

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 06:52 posted by Nzekwe Patrick Onyekachukwu

    Rest in peace a great fellow. May your soul continue to live on in the bosom of the Lord, Amen!

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:41 posted by Chinedu Nwokocha

    Thank you Dr. Huessler and may your soul rest in peace. I was only ten years old during the war. I did not know where the salts, cornmills and other food items came from or who sent them, but they were life saver for me and millions of other children. For that, your name will be forever ingraved in my heart and the heart of millions of children who became adults because of your kindness and generosity. May God grant you eternal rest.
    Amen

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