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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, 01 May 2013 18:12 posted by Ernest Ibeh

    Words alone cannot express all your good help to humanity, especially to the Biafran folk, but Gods mercy and acceptance of your action can. May God's mercy be upon you.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:26 posted by Mrs. Beatrice Onyegbule Onyele

    When the World for wealth and politics turned their gaze away from and closed their ears to the sufferings of a people lamed with a Genocide the world (perhaps) had never seen, you heared,saw and acted. " Those who labour in God´s garden, God also labours in theirs" THANK YOU SIR! May God comfort your family and grant you your most cherished wages. REST IN PERFECT PEACE.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 30 April 2013 22:29 posted by AgabaIdu

    Vielen Dank, Georg Hüssler.

  • Comment Link Monday, 29 April 2013 19:27 posted by Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee

    May God Almighty grant this great and compassionate man eternal rest in His bosom, and may those living be reminded that charity, love, care and resilience in the face of tyranny are the ingredients of our Christianity.He stood for the Biafran children and indeed all Biafrans till the end, God will guide your soul Fr. Huessler. From Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee

  • Comment Link Monday, 29 April 2013 13:56 posted by Cletus Okoro

    Words can not describe the gratitude of the Igbo Nation to Monsignor Georg Huessler for the enormous good work done to our people. Only the Almighty and ever living God can adequately reward him.
    We pray that God in His Infinite Mercy will forgive him his sins, and bring him into everlasting joy in His Presence, and let perpetual light shine upon him as he communes with the Angels and Saints in Heaven.
    May God bless you, Monsignor Georg Huessler. Rest in perfect peace. Amen

  • Comment Link Monday, 29 April 2013 13:16 posted by Mazi Obi Okoli

    The greatest problem of mankind has always been the fear to speak up against injustice. A philosopher once said that “In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil”. My blessed Rev Doc Hussler, you showed courage in your life time, you helped the poor, sick, orphans and the innocent victim of genocide by Nigerian. As you depart this wicked world of injustice, I pray God to grant you rest and peace in heaven. Your soul will rest in peace. Ozo Ndigbo. Chukwu gozie gi

  • Comment Link Sunday, 28 April 2013 19:04 posted by Eddy Duru

    I Thank Fr. for being kind enough to use his position to display such a great love to our people. May our Great God who sees the heart of all men reward you. R.I.P Fr. even IGBOS around the world continues to remember you in prayers.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 28 April 2013 12:01 posted by Osita OLEH

    May the soul of this fine gentleman and all the souls departed rest in peace.

  • Comment Link Saturday, 27 April 2013 22:59 posted by Chinedu Okafor

    You are not only a Father, but a brother too. You worked to feed the hungry, to cloth the naked, God almighty has taken note of it. You will never go without reward. Rest in peace real man of God.

  • Comment Link Friday, 26 April 2013 22:38 posted by Chudi chidume

    I am in the world today because my mother survived the war and my mother survived the war because of Rev. Dr. Georg Huessler. Words are not enough to express my depth of gratitude and indepthedness to this saint among men for all he did for Biafrans, my people!

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