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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 10:21 posted by Okoli Tyndale

    Dankeschon Father,you are indeed Enyi Ndigbo. May God remember your charitable works and have mercy on your soul in Jesus name-Amen!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:17 posted by dibia michael

    We the biafrans will never forget your love towards us. My the God who always fights the course of the biafrans grant you eternal rest. My your loving heart cause doors to be opened for you in the great beyond.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:08 posted by Chris Okechukwu

    The rest of the world watched on while millions died just for their selfish interest but God sent you to Biafra to save souls.may our good Lord recieve your soul in Heaven.Amen. Rip Fr
    Chris from London

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:04 posted by king george

    You are gone but your memory will forever be fresh in our heart. Rest in peace my mentor

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:02 posted by Onuoha Damian Chukwunonyelum

    I Was Naked U Cloth Me, I Was Hungry U Fed Me, Ur Soul Will Solace In The Bosom Of Our Lord.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:00 posted by Engr U. O. C Ogidi

    Dear Rev Hussler, I call you my hero not because you were at the battle front but because you dodged bullets and bombs to make sure I feed, cloth and have access to medicare. I am breathing today because of your unalloyed relief-support to the Biafran population. 'Nwanne di n'mba la nke oma'. Engr Ogidi U. O. C. Owerri, I mo State, Nigeria.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:56 posted by Ed Keazor

    Thank you Father Huessler, some of us may not be alive today. Rest in peace.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:50 posted by ofodile uche J.

    God bless ur soul even for having such ǻ loving heart for my people. RIP

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:44 posted by nwangwu. christoper

    An honour well deserved. RIP may the gudlord bless ur soul always...amen

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:36 posted by Daniel Odimegwu

    Your courageous and good heart wil see you through. You have fought the good fight.

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