updated 11/17/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/16/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
Adel Siguan traveled 22 hours by boat to reach her 8-year-old son and bring him much-needed drinking water after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed their small fishing town in Guiuan, Philippines.
Just before reuniting with her child, Siguan expressed the desperation she had felt for the last day.
“Of course I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. I can’t eat, I can’t really,” she said. “I don’t know what to do. Because I’m eager to know what’s happening to him.”