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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 09:31 posted by Onyebuchipeter Francismary Chukwuemeka Ndukwe

    He Lived the Life of a True Hero and True Christain, He risked His own Life to save souls I LOVE YOU Dr. Huessler,
    Eternal Rest Grant Him o Lord, and Let Pepetual Light Shine on Him, may His Soul rest in Peace and Joy AMEN!!!!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:25 posted by Chimaobi

    RIP our friend and helper, biafra love u bt God loves u more.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:25 posted by Chimaobi

    RIP our friend and helper, biafra love u bt God loves u more.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:15 posted by Dr Adanze Aguwa MD

    Many people including my humble self have been inspired by the great works,sacrifices and pains people like him and mother Theresa endured to serve humanity. May we continue to be encouraged by their legacies and remain steadfast in our passion to serve humanity.
    May he remain blessed and ever celebrated as a hero.
    Dr Adanze Aguwa MD USA

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:03 posted by ibo man

    god bless you, and thank you for all you did for my people, rest in peace

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:18 posted by Dr Obiora Iyi

    For the very many lives U saved in Biafra, U will forever be remembered as a saviour. May U find everlasting peace with d Lord Jesus d Master Saviour.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:44 posted by Eugene Iwuamanam

    I was hungry he fed me, I was naked he clothed me, I was thirsty he gave me not only water but milk too. When others deserted me, he defiled all odds, passed many oceans, thick forests, valleys, mountains, dodged bullets and bombs and embraced my aching heart, Eugene Iwuamanam, USA

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:30 posted by Hilary Paul Odili Okeke

    It is heartwarming to recall the courage, altruism, Christian charity that inspired the great relief operation that kept millions of men and women alive in the Republic of Biafra during the fratricidal conflict called Nigeria-Biafra War. Caritas International gave life and hope to the beleaguered innocent men and women in Biafra. The architect of that great humanitarian endeavor deserves our undying gratitude. May Dr. Huessler remain blessed and sung by all who appreciate goodness! Dr. Hilary Paul Odili Okeke, Bishop of Nnewi

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