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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)

98 comments

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:29 posted by Victor Chukwu

    may your soul rest in perfect peace sir.
    The Biafran nation wish you well.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:24 posted by OKORO BENEDICT CHINEDUM

    Accept oh Eternal Father, the sacrifices of Thy servant Dr. Georg Huessler who reinvented your love for man towards his Biafran brothers when we needed it most. May a great biafra arise on his bones amidst the poeple whom he served. In your kingdom dear Lord, grant him peace and reincarnate him to this world where his specie is quite lacking, and MOST needed!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:23 posted by Geologists Nnaemeka Onyeagba,mNAPE;mAAPG;mNMGS;mSEG;mSPE.

    It is with great shock I received the news of REV. FR. GEORGE HUESSLER, a great friend of Ndi-Igbo and BIAFRANS.

    Sir, it is from history I got to know of your charitable works to the then Biafran Children who are now Parents and Grand-Parents and Parents who are now with the Lord. You risk your life for my great Country 'Biafra' to save life and to keep my country.

    Sir, your work would always leave on and forever it would be made known to generations yet unborn.

    Rest in the Lord until we meet to part no more.

    ADIEU!!!!!!

    Geologists Nnaemeka Onyeagba,mNAPE;mAAPG;mNMGS;mSEG;mSPE.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:22 posted by Geologists Nnaemeka Onyeagba,mNAPE;mAAPG;mNMGS;mSEG;mSPE.

    It is with great shock I received the news of REV. FR. GEORGE HUESSLER, a great friend of Ndi-Igbo and BIAFRANS.

    Sir, it is from history I got to know of your charitable works to the then Biafran Children who are now Parents and Grand-Parents and Parents who are now with the Lord. You risk your life for my great Country 'Biafra' to save life and to keep my country.

    Sir, your work would always leave on and forever it would be made known to generations yet unborn.

    Rest in the Lord until we meet to part no more.

    ADIEU!!!!!!

    Geologists Nnaemeka Onyeagba,mNAPE;mAAPG;mNMGS;mSEG;mSPE.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:01 posted by ogo

    They were hungry you fed them, naked you gave them clothes, provided shelter, this is an example of unconditional love, you sacrificed unconditionally. You answered Biafrans when many did not. I call this "True born Again". Your good work lives on, You are remembered. Thank you. May the Almighty Father open the gate of heaven to receive you, with the host of Angels.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:58 posted by Chidi

    I was born in 1969.
    Thanks for all you did for Biafra!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:47 posted by Nonso Ozobodo. Port Harcourt

    May the Almighty God Grant Fr Huessler Eternal Life in his Bossom. Amen. And may He also console the members of the Caritas International and strenghten tham in this time. RIP Fr Huessler.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:36 posted by AAzubuike

    We, Biafrans love you. May your soul rest in the bosom of our Lord. I wish you lived to see Biafra materialized. we promise that one day Biafra will be a country and your generations will be automatic citizens.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:34 posted by Francis Obi

    The love he exhibited to the Biafrans during that trial time is worthy of praise. And join others to pray thank God for the live he has lived and ask God to give his soul a perfect rest.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:26 posted by Christian Akuneme

    God rest his soul. These are the type of people that should be associated with. Any individual who was and is willing to sacrifice his life for the benefit of my people - I will always respect - not all these power mongers that we have in Igboland and Nigeria these days. Adieus Dr. Huessler.

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