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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 Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:15 posted by kopuskristi

    Monsignor Dr.Huessler,nwanne ndi Igbo ka mkpuru Obi gi zuru ike na ndokwa...for if not because of your bravery to stand for a race that the Nigerian nation wants to wipe out all cost ...I dout it if many of us IBOS will be here to write this Tribute to you ..Veni Vidi Vici ..we the Biafrans are eternally grateful..Eternal Light Grant Unto Him Oh Lord & Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him....lumien Eterna ..Gaa Nke Oma ...

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:21 posted by vivian

    I wish u eternal rest in the Lord! U will forever be remembered by d biafran souls u saved. Rest in the Lord. Amen

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:26 posted by Mike Akaya

    What can be said has been said, but I will add many f us alive today would not have been if God did not work through you. RIP

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:47 posted by Emeka Agbaka

    Msgr. Hüssler, Nwanne dị na mba, ọzọ Igbo ndụ. Ọkụkọ anaghị echezọ onye kworo ya ọdụ n'udummiri. Daalụ hienne! Ka mkpụrụ obi gị na nke ndị ọzọ nwụrụ anwụ site n'ebere nke Chukwu wee zuru ike na ndokwa.
    May Your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:35 posted by ndukwu James U

    Your effort to save lives in Biafran nation can not be over emphasised,you are,ozo Igbo ndu

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:34 posted by Christian Nnaji

    Chei dike anaa! Odogwu, ofu osisi mere ohia, Ozo Igbo ndu. Jee nke oma. May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. Amen.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:47 posted by Uzo Igbanugo

    Dalu ezi nnanyi n'ime Chineke. Maka udi gi, Biafra na adi ndu. Onye nwe anyi nara mkpuru obi gi n'udo

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:45 posted by Sabinus Dimunah

    Words cannot be enough to express the passionate and charitable work you pioneered during your life time. You demonstrated a high level of commitments to all spheres of human endeavours by alleviating the suffering masses of the world mainly the hunger-striken Biafran populace during the 1967 Nigerian war. May the Almighty God grant you eternal rest.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 19:54 posted by Albert Okoro

    May your soul rest in perfect peace. We as Biafrans will forever be in your debt. Your legacy lives on.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 19:28 posted by Mary Gloria Njoku, DDL

    I thank God for the life and work of Rev. Huessler who gave life and hope to the Biafrans. As a post-war child, I believe that I am today because Father's work kept my parents alive. May Father's life inspire us to remember the vulnerable among us and work together towards alleviating their sufferings. Rest in peace dearest Father.

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