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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 Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:35 posted by Christopher U. Ajagu

    Adieu! Our most revered Monsignor.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:49 posted by Onyemachi Donatus

    My heart is moved to learn that this good and loving friend of the Igbos that my mother has told many times about has died. I could recall my mother always saying : "had it not been for relief from caritas, all of them would have perished and i would never have been born".
    I was not opportune to meet you alive to show my gratitude, i know that even in death you live on, because great men do not die. May the Lord grant you eternal rest.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:46 posted by Dr. Rachel Iroku

    Monsignor Dr. George Huessler preached with his life. He epitomized Love and Caring to suffering Biafrans and others through Caritas International. Thank you Dr. Huessler! T o God be the glory for doing Christ-like work through you. May Perpetual Light shine upon your gentle and kind soul...Amen!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:39 posted by sunday uli

    FOR all you did for us biafras ,we thanks you and ask god to bless your soul amen, from
    africa lion

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:03 posted by Edwyne

    I am just hearing of this man for the first time but the story of his work in Biafra/Nigeria is worthy of emulation. I was born in midst of that war and probably survived because of this man's effort. May the good Lord receive his soul in eternal rest.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:59 posted by Paul Onovoh, PhD

    Gott sei gelobt, der uns durch den Herrn Dr. Huessler geholfen und gesegnet hat.
    Jee nke oma Dr. Huessler wie man auf Igbo sagt. (Gute Reise Dr. Huessler).

    Paul Onovoh, PhD.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:32 posted by OKORO BENEDICT CHINEDUM

    Accept oh Eternal Father, the sacrifices of your servant who threw in his life for the salvation of his fellow biafrans whom other deemed less human. May a great Biafra arise on his bones amidst the people that he served. In your Kingdom Dear Lord grant him rest and reincarnate him in a world in dire need of his type.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:31 posted by Nnedu Charles Obidi

    don't know how to express my gratitude for all you did for my people at a time when every other person deserted us.only the lord in heaven can see our hearts and knows happy i am to have learnt about you.as you depart the world,may the lord almighty welcome you into his heavenly kingdom where there is life and life everlasting,amen..adieu the great one till we meet to part no more.!!!Nnedu Charles Obidi,Ukraine

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:20 posted by Val Okere

    My dear Rev. Father. We appreciate the sacrifice and courage which you exhibited during the darkest days of our (Biafrans) existence. This singular effort of yours kept some of us alive. You spoke out when others kept mute and became bystanders when there was a deliberate effort to extinct the IGBO race by forces of evil. You said no and risked the lives of men under you for our sake. They thought that Biafra will become history, but unfortunately, it has become a phenomenon and a phobia that will hunt those behind the atrocities. May God in His infinite mercy grant you eternal lest in Jesus Name, amen

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:52 posted by Uchenna

    Your kindness and courage will never be forgotten, ever.
    God bless you, Monsignor.

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